At approximately 3:30 AM this morning, June 11, 2014, the Londonderry Fire Department received calls reporting a vehicle accident with multiple entrapped patients in the area of 60 Forest Street. Initial reports indicated a single car into a tree with three entrapped occupants; Londonderry Fire utilized all on-duty personnel, as well as mutual aid from surrounding towns, and placed DHART on stand-by.
The first responders found a single vehicle into a tree with significant entrapment of a single occupant. Given this new information, the two additional ambulances were then cancelled, and a Derry Engine company was requested to the scene for extrication assistance. Crews were “all hands working” utilizing multiple sets of hydraulic tools, hand tools, saws, and winching equipment in order to free the occupant. Paramedics from Londonderry rendered Patient care during the extrication.
A landing zone for DHART was established at Londonderry South School by a Windham Fire Department Engine company. Personnel from the DHART air ambulance were then transported from the landing zone to the scene, as extrication continued. The occupant was extricated approximately 50 minutes after initiation of rescue work.
The occupant was transported, along with DHART personnel, to the waiting helicopter, and ultimately flown to a Tufts Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts. Further information regarding the status of the occupant was not provided.
Station coverage was provided by Litchfield during the incident. One Londonderry Fire member received a minor hand injury, but is expected to recover. The Londonderry Fire Department would like to thank all mutual aid companies, the Londonderry Police Department, and DHART personnel for their assistance.