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Center Brunswick Fire Co. Conducts Morning Extrication on Route 278

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BRUNSWICK, NY - During the early morning hours of October 9th, the New York State Police barracks on Route 278 in the Town of Brunswick notified the dispatcher that they just had a rollover tractor-trailer accident involving a dump truck in the area of their station and requested the fire department to be dispatched to the scene. State police arrived on scene and evaluated that the driver of the vehicle who was trapped inside with injuries. The Rensselaer County Emergency Communication Center dispatched the Center Brunswick Volunteer Fire Company, along with Mohawk Ambulance Service.

The first arriving rescue company on scene immediately made their way over to the cab and firefighters developed the plan to cut the windshield out of the tractor-trailer and extricate the driver from the vehicle. Command requested the Brunswick No.1 Fire Company to the scene for assistance and the Eagle Mills Fire Department to the scene for traffic control. The fire department deployed a single hand line to the front of the vehicle in case of a fire. Command conducted a walk-around of the scene and determined that there were only a few hazards, including fuel and other fluids from the vehicle that had spilled, and the smallest hazard was gravel that had spilled out of the rear of the dump trailer. Firefighters requested a windshield cutter and began to cut the windshield out of the vehicle.

Mohawk Ambulance Service set up a stretcher in front of the rolled over tractor-trailer and firefighters were able to successfully extricate the driver to the outside of the cab. Mohawk Ambulance Service transported the driver to a nearby hospital. The fire department remained on scene for an extended period of time while the tow truck companies up-righted the vehicle. The road remained closed for an extended period of time. The driver only had minor injuries from the incident. The New York State Police commercial inspection unit arrived on scene to investigate the incident.  

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