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By Secretary Bill Wohl
August 6, 2017

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.

Units: Ambulance 22, Engines 22-3 and 22-1, Rescue 22, Utility 22, 22 Fire Police
 
Mutual Aid: Ambulance 23, PSPA, Medic 94 1 and 2
 
This view shows the passenger doors removed and the C-post as well.
This view shows the passenger doors removed and the C-post as well.
West Grove units handled a serious auto accident on Route 896 in Franklin Township early Sunday morning.  The incident sent two patients to a nearby trauma center.
West Grove units handled a serious auto accident on Route 896 in Franklin Township early Sunday morning. The incident sent two patients to a nearby trauma center.
 
This car hit a tree before blocking Route 896.
This car hit a tree before blocking Route 896.
The tree alongside 896 took the full force of the crash.
The tree alongside 896 took the full force of the crash.
 
West Grove crews after the extrication.
West Grove crews after the extrication.
State Police from Avondale investigate.
State Police from Avondale investigate.
 
The damage tells the story of this serious one-car crash.
The damage tells the story of this serious one-car crash.
 
 

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2017 Incidents
Fire EMS
Jan 42 216
Feb 60 191
Mar 70 209
Apr 70 169
May 54 175
Jun 46 161
Jul 70 239
Aug 46 169
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Total 458 1529

Fire Run Statistics By Township
Franklin 51
London Britain 22
London Grove 51
New London 61
Penn 145
West Grove 34
Mutual Aid 94
Total 458

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London Britain 82
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Mutual Aid 127
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