Major Accident on 283 Westbound
Last night, April 23rd, around 5:30 p.m., Company 59 and Rescue 49 were dispatched to an accident with entrapment on 283 Westbound. Chief 59-1 and 59-2 went responding moments after dispatch. Rescue 59 then responded with five and Engine 59 with eight. Rescue 59 arrived first on scene, and found a box truck vs. a car, along with three other vehicles in the median. Chief 59-2 and Chief 59-1 arrived moments after Rescue 59 and established command. As the rescue crew was about to go to work, EMS confirmed two persons had expired, along with injuries to the truck driver and the passengers of the vehicles in the median. Engine 59 arrived on scene and started working on the vehicles in the median as the rescue crew came to assist. Engine 59-1 arrived and sent manpower to the accident scene to assist. Rescue 49 arrived deployed a bumper line for safety. Rescue 50 arrived, and assisted all the crews as needed. The crews then went to work on the vehicle in the median as the person was confined in the vehicle; the crews popped the door and extricated the person. The crews also transported another two patients who were out of the vehicle. Route 283 was shut down for several hours with fire police from sourrounding departments coming in to divert traffic.
After all patients were taken to the hospital, a total of six, the crews stayed to assist the accident reconstruction team. The crews were out for over five and a half hours. Our thoughts go out to all the family involved in the incident. The Lower Swatara Fire Department would like to thank all the crews that came to assist throughout this incident.
Another Thank You to Comany 49 (Swatara) for standing by at our station while we operated at the scene.
Command: Chief 59-1
Operations: Chief 59-2
Engine: 59, 59-1
Rescue: 59, 49, 50
Utility: 59, 54
Traffic: 59, 88, 54, 55, and 91
Pennsylvania State Police
PSP Accident Reconstruction Team
Lower Swatara Police Department
South Central EMS
H & S Towing