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Car Hangs Over Embankment in Norwich with Driver Inside

By RYAN FLAHERTY, Correspondent | January 16, 2022 | CONNECTICUT

Story No. 011622105

NORWICH, CT - At 1:30 A.M. on Sunday, January 16th, Norwich Engine 3 and Squad A responded to West Thames Street in the area of Meineke for a report of a MVA. Norwich dispatch updated units while responding that the car was over an embankment.

On arrival Engine 3 reported a vehicle hanging over the embankment with a patient trapped inside. Squad A was immediately put to work using their rescue equipment cache to stabilize the vehicle. Battalion 1 requested Engine 2 and Truck 1 to respond for additional manpower.

Two griphoists were put to work to secure the vehicle, as well as stabilization struts on the opposite side. A dry hose line was stretched as a precaution due to a fuel leak. Once the vehicle was stabilized, crews began extrication of the driver. The passenger door was removed and the patient was loaded into a stokes basket to be carried up to street level. American Ambulance transported the patient to the hospital.

Recently, Squad A was retrofitted and compartment space was reorganized in order to carry specialized rescue equipment that was purchased through grant funding. This incident and its successful outcome is a testament to the work done by our personnel to ensure our department is properly equipped to handle the wide range of emergencies we are called upon to mitigate.

This article is a direct street report from our correspondent and has not been edited by the 1st Responder newsroom.