A Stratfield Road man was seriously injured Easter Sunday when he became pinned between his truck and a garage door, and was freed when firefighters and police used their bare hands to lift the truck away from him.
Neighbors called 911 at 5:58 p.m. Having heard the man call for help, they found him between the door of the truck and the vehicle’s chassis, the vehicle wedged against the jamb of the garage door.
Fairfield Fire Department Engine 3, Ladder 2 and Car 3 responded. Upon arrival four minutes later, Lt. John Cronin of Engine 3 immediately called for Ladder 1 for extra manpower and extrication equipment, while Engine 3 personnel began to administer medical care.
Asst. Chief Erik Kalapir arrived in Car 3 and assumed command of the scene. Ladder 2 arrived and its crew began extrication.
“Due to the wedged patient, complexity of the area and tight access, multiple options both of a mechanical and pneumatic were contemplated to free the trapped elderly man, but it was low-tech brute strength teamwork with the assistance of on scene police officers that helped free the patient,” Kalapir wrote in a press release.
American Medical Response transported the man to Saint Vincent’s Medical Center with severe injuries.
The exact cause of the accident is unknown, and it is currently under investigation by the Fairfield Police Department’s Accident Investigation Unit.