Crashes, hazmat incident
keeps 18 running
After a morning with two
crashes from the March snow, the third box came in at approximately 1330hrs,
a MVA assignment went out at mm 209 southbound I-81 for the tanker truck
over the embankment unknown cargo, unknown entrapment.
On the assignment: R-18,
E-18, E-24, 18-9, 24-9. While enroute communications advised Chief
18-1 (W.Turner) that the tanker was an empty milk hauler with the occupant
out of the vehicle. 18-9 arrived and found a tank trailer over an
approximate 40í embankment, extremely unstable with a fuel leak with PSP
requesting 18 cancel.
After some discussion with
PSP, R-18 was redirected back to the crash to begin containment and scene
protection until the spill team arrived. While enroute back to the
210 communications sent the next MVA assignment out for a tractor trailer
jackknifed into the guard rails with unknown injuries. Chief 18-1
had E-18 divert to the 211 crash along with the special call for HE4 and
HA2. R-18 marked on scene of the 210 crash with Chief 18-1 taking
the 210 command, bringing E-24 into the scene.
Chief 18 (T.Turner) marked
on scene at the 211 with a tractor trailer hard into the guardrail carrying
a non-hazardous cargo and a significant fuel spill getting into the storm
drain. Chief 18-2 (D OíRourke) had the operations at 211 and began
a containment operation along with the spill team.
HE4 came into the 211 and
handled the traffic safety. 18-9 rerouted from the first crash and
went on scene at the 211 with HA2. While 18 was keeping Susquehanna
EMA busy with fuel spills, communications advised the 211 command that
PSPís bomb squad was requesting EMS assistance on SR247 for a hazardous
condition of blasting caps and old dynamite. Susquehanna EMA was also advised
of this incident.
After consultation with EMS
command (D. Schulte) 41 EMS was requested to handle. As the SR247
incident evolved a call was made to the 211 command that the bomb squad
was requesting fire suppression to the scene. It appeared the old
dynamite was embedded in the floor of an old barn and the barn had to be
burned by the squad.
18 requested E-41, T-52,
and T-24 to the scene and 52 Chief to take the command on SR247.
After the 210 and 211 incidents were safely cleared and the recovery and
spill teams off the I, Chief 18 responded to the SR247 incident to assist.
The bomb squad successfully disposed of the explosives and all units were
returned at approximately 1900hrs. At approx 1920hrs the interstate
assignment was hit yet again for possible multiple crashes at mm206, mm209,
On the assignment:R-18, E-24,
18-9, and 24-9. Due to the multiple incidents HE4 and HA2 were placed
on standby. Thankfully New Milford Chief radioed that there was a
disabled in the median at mm209 with no need for EMS and the rest of the
sector was clear. All units were placed back into service.