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Crews Worked For Six Hours To Free Trucker From Wreck

February 14, 2019
Crews Worked For Six Hours To Free Trucker From Wreck

SOUTH ABINGTON TWP. — Emergency crews worked for six hours to free a trucker trapped in his rig after the vehicle rolled over today.

Fire crews from the township, Clarks Summit and Dickson City, plus a trauma team from Geisinger Community Medical Center, responded to the area of the Interstate 81 ramp in the township around 10:30 a.m. to find the truck overturned and the cab on top of a concrete barrier, Chinchilla Hose Company Chief Sean Connolly said on the scene.

Crews freed the man from the vehicle at about 4:30 p.m. He suffered lower extremity injuries, with severe injuries to one leg, Connolly said. The trucker was then taken to Geisinger Community Medical Center for treatment.

“We hope when he arrives at the hospital, all goes well for him,” Connolly said.

The cold temperatures, plus the way the cab sat crumpled on top of the barrier, created challenges for first responders working to extricate the man, Connolly said. The trauma team kept the driver warm and administered IVs to keep him hydrated as first responders worked to free him, Connolly said. The driver was alert and responsive the entire time, Connolly said. The injuries did not appear life-threatening.

State police are investigating to determine what caused the crash Thursday morning.

Check back for updates.

— STAFF REPORT