Fairfield Fire extricates truck driver from jacknife off I95 North

At 6:43 a.m. the Fairfield Emergency Communications Center received a report of a “large eighteen-wheeler off the embankment from 95 North” onto Meadow Street behind Fitness Edge; Fairfield Fire Department Company 2 and Car 3 were dispatched and arrived at 6:44am to find the truck down the embankment and jackknifed on Meadow Street. “The driver was trapped in the cab but responsive” according to Assistant Chief Schuyler Sherwood who was Incident Commander. “There were multiple transformers and power lines down alongside Meadow Street due to the accident,” he added, “and rainfall was at its heaviest morning as we arrived.”

Local police arrived concurrently as firefighters began to extricate the driver using a Stokes basket, transferring him to the awaiting AMR ambulance for transport to St. Vincent’s Hospital. Fairfield Conservation and Public Works along with Connecticut State Police and representatives from the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and United Illuminating were called to the scene to assist in containment of the spill and control of the power lines, the hazards of which were potentially exacerbated by the heavy rainfall according to Sherwood.

After the driver was en route to the hospital and hazards had been controlled, Bud’s Truck & Diesel Service had several heavy wreckers on the scene removing the cab and then securing the trailer for removal from the scene. Engine 2 was the last unit to clear at 10:03am after turning the scene over for investigation by the State Police.

Fairfield Fire Department working at the Meadow Street truck accident

Fairfield Fire Department working at the Meadow Street truck accident

AC Sherwood and Lt. Barry working at Meadow Street under DC Dunn.

AC Sherwood and Lt. Barry working at Meadow Street under DC Dunn.

AC Sherwood overseeing Lt. Barry and firefighters Salvato and Bassett.

AC Sherwood overseeing Lt. Barry and firefighters Salvato and Bassett.

Firefighters Salvato and Bassett deplay SpeediDry with the help from mechanics Demko and Allen under the supervision of AC Sherwood.

Firefighters Salvato and Bassett deplay SpeediDry with the help from mechanics Demko and Allen under the supervision of AC Sherwood.

 

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