(Via Ottawa Fire)
Ottawa Fire Services (OFS) were advised at 12:50 p.m. that persons were trapped as a result of a collision between a car and a commercial truck at the corner of Fallowfield Road and Eagleson Road.
Early reports from Ottawa Police confirmed that there were persons trapped.
The first OFS crews on scene checked both vehicles involved and began extrication operations when it they confirmed there were occupants inside the vehicles who were unable to get out.
OFS first stabilized the vehicles with cribbing and extended a hose as a safety precaution before commencing the extrications.
The occupant of the car was extricated at 1:10 p.m. and the remaining occupant in the truck was extricated at 1:21 p.m.
Ottawa Fire crews on scene at Eagleson & Fallowfield. Extrication underway. Ottawa Paramedics on scene rendering patient care. pic.twitter.com/mXlT5tvnEA
— Scott Stilborn (@OFSFirePhoto) February 2, 2017
The extrication operations on the car involved the removal of a door and seat. The truck had rolled as a result of the collision and came to rest on its four tires. That extrication required doors and the roof of the truck to be removed. Both persons were transferred into the care of the paramedics.
Below are some tips that may be helpful for those involved in a crash. If ever you find yourself in a vehicle that has rolled over or find yourself unable to exit a vehicle after a collision, here are things to remember:
- Keep your seatbelt on until firefighters arrive, especially if you happen to be upside down. You don’t want to fall and further injure yourself or someone else who is in the vehicle with you.
- Call 911 if you are able to. Tell the Dispatcher that you are trapped in your vehicle. Answer their questions as best as you can and follow their instructions.
- Remain calm. Monitor your breathing and try to take deep soothing breaths. Remember if you remain calm this will greatly help others in the car stay calm as well.
- If your airbags have deployed/inflated there will likely be a bit of powder released in the vehicle. Sometimes people mistake this powder as smoke. This powder is normal and not toxic. It may slightly irritate your eyes initially but tear drops usually help rinse the irritant away.
- Wait for instructions from emergency crews. There will be firefighters on scene shortly and one of them will become your “coach” throughout the rescue. Listen to their commands attentively. They will be your guide and help you through the emergency.
- Your firefighter guide will also make sure you are safe and protected before extrication tools are used to rescue you from the vehicle. Often they will put a tarp or shield around you to ensure you aren’t injured by broken glass or other debris.
- Be prepared for loud noises inside the vehicle while the firefighters use their tools. The extrication tools can be very noisy and being inside a vehicle sometimes causes an amplifying effect. Don’t be alarmed. Your firefighter guide will always be checking in with you and keeping the lines of communication open.
- Please remember that your safety is our priority and your cooperation is crucial during an emergency. Remember firefighters are guided by “The Golden Hour”; they are watching the clock and want to get you out safely but quickly.