First responders pull driver out after “heavy entrapment”
📸 First responders from Auburn and Millbury working to free the driver of an overturned tractor trailer. Millbury Fire Department photo.
A 51-year-old unidentified man from the Bronx has been hospitalized with life-threatening injuries after the tractor trailer truck he was driving overturned and went down an embankment Saturday morning.
The driver was trapped in his cab for nearly three hours. According to the Auburn Fire Rescue Department, first responders worked for about two-and-a-half hours on the “extremely difficult extraction” that required the vehicle being dismantled around the driver, who was not visible to crews upon arrival. There was also a good deal of brush to be cleared so first responders could have room to safely work on rescuing the driver. Upon being rescued around 10 a.m., the driver was taken to UMass Hospital’s Lakeside Campus in Worcester with what the Auburn Fire Rescue Department described as “life-threatening injuries.”
According to the Massachusetts State Police, the 2015 Freightliner tractor trailer was traveling eastbound on the Massachusetts Turnpike when, “for reasons still under investigation, his truck traveled off the right side of the road just after Exit 10A and rolled over the guardrail.”
The Auburn Fire Rescue Department sent a rescue vehicle, fire engine, and ambulance to the scene, at the 94 mile marker near exits 10 and 10A, just after 7 a.m. Within minutes of the initial response, Auburn Fire Rescue confirmed the driver was trapped and called for an additional ambulance while simultaneously issuing an “all call” for station coverage.
At 7:40 a.m., citing “heavy entrapment,” Millbury Fire Department was called in to provide aid at the scene.
Millbury Fire Department arrived on scene and reported the tractor trailer had gone over the guardrail.
Roughly two hours after the first response, according to the Auburn Fire Rescue Department, “extended extrication involving heavy wreckers” were necessary and an ambulance from Worcester EMS had also been requested. Additional assistance and aid was received from UMass EMS, Massachusetts Department of Transportation, Ted’s Towing, Auburn Water District, and the Millbury Board of Health.
According to the State Police, the crash remains under investigation and no charges have been filed at this time.
The Citizen Chronicle continues to monitor this story. This article was last updated on April 27, 2019 at 5:33 p.m.