On Saturday, May 26, 2012, the Park Ridge Fire Department Responded to a Motor Vehicle Crash with Entrapment



On Saturday, May 26, 2012, at approximately 12:09 a.m., the Park Ridge Police and Fire Departments responded to a motor vehicle crash with entrapment in the 700 block of West Oakton Street. The North Suburban Emergency Communications Center had received multiple calls reporting a fuel tanker truck (gasoline) and two passenger vehicles had collided, on Oakton Street in front of Emerson school.
Upon arrival of the Fire Department, crews determined that there were three vehicles involved on the scene- two sedans and the fuel tanker truck. The initial size-up determined there was one person trapped in a passenger vehicle (front seat passenger), the driver of which had already gotten out of the vehicle and was being assisted by bystanders. This car suffered severe damage and was pinned between the fuel tanker truck and the second car. Firefighter/Paramedics made access to and entered the car to begin assessment and treatment of the patient. Other companies conducted extrication operations, assisting in removing the trapped patient from the vehicle. The driver of the second car and the driver of the semi truck were ambulatory about the scene and initially refusing care, but were both persuaded to be treated and transported to the hospital for evaluation. Ambulances from Niles Fire Department and the North Maine Fire Protection District responded mutual aid to treat and transport these two patients. All four patients were transported to Lutheran General Hospital.  
The Rosemont Fire Department responded to a subsequent EMS call in the City of Park Ridge during this incident.
Authority of Fire Chief Michael Zywanski
Information Contact D/C Jeff Sorensen (847) 318-5287

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