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AUGUST 24, 2005


Brunswick Pike near Darrah Lane,
Lawrence Township

Lawrence Road Fire Co. volunteers helped extricate the driver of a sport utility vehicle that overturned during the morning of Wednesday, August 24, 2005.

The accident occurred on Brunswick Pike (Business Route 1), just south of Darrah Lane.

According to police, the 1993 Jeep sport utility vehicle was heading northbound on Brunswick Pike when its 37-year-old driver allegedly sped through a red light and collided with a 2001 Dodge Ram that was crossing the road from the southbound jughandle.

The force of the collision caused the Jeep to flip and come to rest on its roof, with the 37-year-old man trapped in his seat.

Box 21-10 was transmitted at 11:11 a.m. by Mercer County Central Communications Center. Dispatched at that time were Slackwood Fire Co. (Station 21), Rescue 22 from Lawrence Road, and Rescue 23 from Lawrenceville Fire Co. (Station 23).

Lawrence First Aid Squad's duty crew was committed on another assignment at the time, so a mutual aid ambulance from West Windsor Township Emergency Services (Squad 145) was also dispatched, along with Capital Health System paramedics.

Rescue 22 responded at 11:13 a.m. with Rescue Capt. Andrew Fosina in command, Paid Driver Robert Santello driving, and a crew that included Capt. Michael Ratcliffe, Ff. Steve Hodgdon and Ff. R.J. Laird.

Rescue 21 and Rescue 22 arrived on scene at 11:15 a.m., followed by Rescue 23 one minute later.

Fosina quickly met with EMS personnel and the officers from Rescue 21 and Rescue 23 to decide on the best way to extricate the trapped man.

Firefighters first stabilized the vehicle using cribbing, step chocks and struts and then started extrication efforts, using a variety of Holmatro tools from Rescue 22. A charged 1.75-inch hoseline was stretched from Rescue 23 for fire protection.

Both doors on the driver's side were removed, allowing EMS personnel access to the patient to place a cervical collar on him and manually stabilize his neck.

Next, the front passenger's side door was popped and folded back out of the way. Then the rear passenger's side door and entire passenger's side B-post were cut away. Also cut away was the entire front passenger's seat.

Once all cuts were made, rescuers released the 37-year-old man from his seat belt and carefully maneuvered him from the vehicle onto a backboard.

The extrication was completed by 11:44 a.m.

The man was then rushed to Capital Health System at Fuld Hospital in Trenton, where his most serious injury was found to be a possible broken wrist.

The 19-year-old driver of the Dodge Ram was not injured.

Police said they were going to issue the Jeep's driver a ticket for disregarding a traffic light.

Rescue 22 cleared the scene by 11:56 a.m. and was in quarters by 12:01 p.m.

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