06-03-2003
I-77 SB at the 54 MM
Double Entrapment

The call came in as a serious double pin-in and units responded to find one vehicle with the side crushed and the 2nd vehicle appeared to have gone off the road to avoid the first vehicle.  The second vehicle was a U-Haul van truck which went straight into a tree.  Both adults in the vehicle were pinned in due to the engine being pushed back and pinning their legs.  Unconfirmed fire personnel said there may have been a couple of children also in the U-haul.  Pictures were taken about 45 minutes into the call.  Multiple fire and rescue calls were dispatched to assist.

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Frontal view of the van against the tree.  Both adults were still in the vehicle.

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Rescue workers working on the passenger's side of the vehicle.

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Spread tool used to push the door frame apart.

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Front of the van wrapped around the tree.

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Second vehicle that was involved.  The driver was walking around the vehicle.

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Dash on the 2nd vehicle was pushed to the seat as well.

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Unit freeing the driver and packaging her on the stretcher.

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Taking the driver from the scene.

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Winching the vehicle from the tree to get the passenger out.

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View of the windshield.

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Rescue workers working on patient to stabilize.

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Lights were held to be able to see the details inside the vehicle.

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Rescue Chief Donnie Perry.

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Bumper pushed in about 28 inches from impact with the tree.

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A closer view of energy that pushed the bumper in.

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Patient finally extricated from the vehicle.

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View of the drivers side of the vehicle - rams and spreader used to push the motor back out of compartment.

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 Closer view of rams and spreader in the center of the vehicle.

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Front of the windshield and van top which was punctured by a limb.

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Passenger side of the vehicle with dash pushed up.

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Engine against the seat.

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Passenger side of the vehicle.

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Rescue workers relaxing for a moment after extrication.

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EMS unit getting set up for run to hospital.  I liked the reflective tape.

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North Iredell Rescue with the cable stretched to pull vehicle from tree.

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Iredell Rescue Heavy Rescue with light tower raised.

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Ebenezer Fire truck used for lights and fire suppression. 

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