Firefighters extricate driver after 2-car accident in Medina
Mercy Flight transports injured driver to ECMC
Press Release, Medina Fire Department
MEDINA – At 14:49 hours today, the Orleans County Sheriff’s Department dispatchers alerted the Village of Medina Fire Department of a motor vehicle collision with possible entrapment at the intersection of Maple Ridge and Bates Roads.
Medina Engine 11 and Ambulance 61 arrived on scene to find a two-car collision with one vehicle in the roadway and a second vehicle in the ditch with its driver trapped inside.
Crews worked to stabilize the vehicle, provide patient care as well as extrication using two hydraulic tools. Crews from Medina and Shelby worked simultaneously to remove a door and the car roof in order to safely extricate the patient.
The patient was extricated in 27 minutes of crews arriving on scene. The patient was loaded into Medina Ambulance 61 and taken to the landing zone established by the Ridgeway Fire Department at the Medina Business Park. Mercy Flight transported the patient to ECMC in Buffalo. The other driver was assessed by Medina Ambulance 60 on scene and refused transport to a hospital.
Today was another example of the great partnerships in the area fire departments. Car positioning in and across the ditch full of running water made things difficult. Two separate teams communicating and working together made things go quickly and smoothly.
One other thing worth mentioning is the weather. Even though our weather here was dry and calm, it may not be like that in other parts of the area. Mercy Flight, specifically their pilots, are continuously assessing the weather to offer safe transport for them to the emergency scene and from the scene to a hospital.
At the time of the accident today we were right in the middle of some not-so-nice weather for flying. As the Mercy Flight crew assisted our paramedics with patient care on the ground, the pilot went airborne again to visually monitor surrounding weather conditions. Flying to Strong was not an option due to poor weather. The pilot touched the aircraft back down, the patient was loaded inside and Mercy Flight then took the patient to ECMC.