Early on Sunday morning, at 3:15am, West Grove firefighters were dispatched for an auto accident that turned into a serious incident.
The call was for an accident on Route 896, south of Appleton Road, just below Kemblesville in Franklin Township. Responding units were told it was a single car accident, car vs. tree. West Grove's ambulance crew went on location first, requesting a second ambulance be dispatched along with advanced life support units. The response was upgraded adding an ambulance from Avondale (23) and Medic 94.
Next to arrive was Engine 22-3 from the nearby Landenberg station. That crew determined that a patient was trapped in the right front seat and established command. Crews from the engine stabilized the car and deployed the portable rescue tools (known commonly as the "Jaws of Life") to begin to remove the passenger size door. Ambulance 22's crew put one patient on a stretcher and began care for both patients.
Deputy 22 arrived and assumed command, and had the next arriving apparatus Rescue 22 deploy their bumper-mounted rescue tools to assist with removing the C-post. Medic 94 units arrived and began to care for both patients, with Ambulance 22's crew working on the entrapped patient, while Engine 22-3's crew assisted with the driver. Engine 22-1 also arrived to assist with extrication.
When the passenger was freed, both patients were transported with Medic 94 on board in two ambulances to Christiana, the local trauma center. WGFC began the process of cleaning up and putting all trucks back in service. WGFC fire police units had 896 closed from Appleton Road to Good Hope Road.