From the Joppa-Magnolia Volunteer Fire Company:
The Joppa-Magnolia Volunteer Fire Company, Kingsville Volunteer Fire Company and Maryland State Police medevac responded to several incidents in Harford County on Wednesday morning.
The first incident for the Joppa-Magnolia Volunteer Fire Company (JMVFC) came in at 7:45 AM. The call was for a medical emergency on northbound I-95 near mile 73.5, just south of SRT-152 in Joppa. Incidents on the interstate receive an ambulance and fire engine. The fire engine is to protect the ambulance and crew from being struck by another vehicle. This emergency caused a minor back up during the morning commute. The patient was treated on scene but refused transport.
At 8:07 AM, additional JMVFC units were dispatched to a motor vehicle collision at US-40/Pulaski Highway and SRT-24/Emmorton Road in Edgewood. Units from the Abingdon Fire Company (AFC) also responded. One person was taken by AFC ambulance to the Upper Chesapeake Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.
At 8:10 AM, as the first set of JMVFC units were leaving the I-95 call, a motor vehicle collision was dispatched at SRT-152/Mountain Road and Jerusalem Road in Joppa. An ambulance from the Fallston Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Company (FVFAC) also responded. One person was taken by the FVFAC ambulance to the Upper Chesapeake Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. Maryland State Police Troopers are investigating the collision.
At 9:34 AM, the JMVFC and Kingsville Volunteer Fire Company (KVFC) were dispatched to a motor vehicle collision on northbound I-95 near the Harford and Baltimore County line. The first unit arrived at 9:39 AM at northbound I-95, mile 71.9 in Kingsville. Firefighters reported one vehicle overturned on the slow shoulder. A Maryland State Police medevac helicopter was called to transport the critically injured adult male to Shock Trauma. All northbound and southbound lanes of I-95 were temporarily closed due to the helicopter landing. A JMVFC ambulance transported a second patient to the Franklin Square Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Maryland State Troopers are investigating the collision.
While on the scene of 95 at 71.9, dispatchers advised JMVFC units of another vehicle collision that was just reported at Old Joppa Road and Jerusalem Road in Joppa. Units from the JMVFC responded. Information provided by the caller indicated that there may be people trapped so the JMVFC Fire Chief requested that the KVFC rescue truck respond as well.
The first unit to arrive was within 4 minutes of dispatch, it was the JMVFC Fire Chief. He reported a three vehicle collision with one person trapped. Two ambulances from the FVFAC and one from the KVFC responded; all available JMVFC ambulances were already on calls. A Maryland State Police medevac was requested for a seriously injured adult female who was trapped on the passenger side of one of the vehicles. Firefighters from the JMVFC used the Jaws of Life and other special rescue tools to remove the roof and doors from the vehicle.
Once the mangled metal was peeled away from the patient, paramedics extricated her and transported her to the Mountain Christian Church where they would rendezvous with the medevac helicopter. At the landing site, the medevac pilot advised units that there was a mechanical problem with the helicopter and that they would not be able to transport the patient. An adult male and adult female were taken by two FVFAC ambulances to the Johns Hopkins Bayview Trauma Center with serious, but not life threatening injuries.
The medevac pilot, after troubleshooting the problem, was eventually able to start the aircraft and safely return to the hangar in Middle River. Two other patients on scene were treated and refused transport. An ambulance from the AFC covered calls in the Joppa and Fallston area until ambulances returned from the hospital.