Rescue on I-70
By Firefighter/EMT Pieter Lucas
April 21, 2020

At 20:08 tonight Station 3 units were dispatched to a rescue with unknown injuries on I-70 near Rt 32. As equipment was starting up, the call was upgraded to a rescue with entrapment involving a tractor trailer and the location was updated to Westbound I-70 between the weigh station and the Howard County Fairgrounds. Tower 3 and Tanker 3 were the first arriving units and found a refrigerated tractor trailer hauling produce overturned and facing backwards in the median, up against the guardrail, with a single self-extricated patient being attended to by citizens who stopped to help.
Crews initiated patient care and assessment of the vehicle simultaneously and HCDFRS Special Ops was requested to offload fuel from the punctured fuel tanks. The patient was loaded into Paramedic 35 with serious injuries and was transported Priority 1 to Shock Trauma in Baltimore by ground. Units began clearing by 9:30PM.

Units: Tower 3, Paramedic 35, Tanker 3, Chief 3, Utility 3A
Mutual Aid: Engine 131, Engine 41, Paramedic 86, Battalion Chief 2, EMS 2, Safety 1