Bethlehem Volunteer Engine 4
A late afternoon high speed t-bone accident would send out the call for the Bethlehem Volunteer Fire Department to respond to aid two victims. The accident occurred at the intersection of Hard Hill Rd and Route 132 and would require mutual aid in the form of a second ambulance and rescue truck from Morris to help extricate one victim who was pinned and in serious condition. It would take the crews almost 30 minutes to free the patient from the badly wrecked Hyundai which had been struck at high speed on the driver's door and ending up off the road and requiring stabilization due to it's position and potential to overturn. Upon extrication and immobilization by the volunteers the patient was transfered to the care of the waiting Campion ALS unit on scene for transport to Waterbury Hospital with injuries that were determined to be potentially life threatening. The second driver was removed without extrication by the Bethlehem Fire Ambulance crew and also transported to Waterbury Hospital with less serious injuries. The accident remains under investigation but witness to the situation stated that excessive speed may have been a contributing factor to the accident.