Photos and info via Frank Hammond, Tri-State Towing
On Monday, June 21, 2021, at approximately 10:00 a.m., Tri-State Towing was dispatched to a commercial vehicle accident to assist the Poole and Dixon (KY) Fire Departments with extrication. The incident involved a Freightliner Columbia semi-tractor with a 38-foot dump trailer loaded with wheat. The vehicle lost control and left the roadway, causing them to violently disconnect. The truck came to rest upside down in the ditch partially attached to the trailer. The driver was stuck in the crushed semi-cab.
Upon arrival, the Poole and Dixon Fire Departments stabilized the vehicle, set up patient care, and began extrication. The passenger side door was opened and attached to a device. Due to the large impact on the driver’s side, the patient’s legs were stuck.
Immediately after receiving the call for help, Tri-State Towing responded with two 65-ton rotators and a 35-ton heavy tow truck, the latter unit being the first to arrive on the scene. After speaking with the Incident Commander, this unit was positioned to lift the tractor.
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After creating a bit of space between the cabin and the floor, the area was screened to capture the progress. Shopping points have been created at the driver’s door to access the patient’s legs. Spreaders, a reciprocating saw, and a combination tool were used to free his legs from the dashboard and windshield. The patient was then transported from the scene to Evansville, Indiana, for treatment of potential leg, ankle and internal injuries.