Early on Tuesday morning, members of the Orlando Fire Department joined with the Florida Highway Patrol as well paramedics and first responders throughout the area to respond to reports of an overturned tractor trailer on I-4, close to where it crosses State Road 408. This mobilization of emergency personnel was the result of a 9-1-1 call from a witness to the accident which was placed close to 6:00 in the morning. According to the official report, the caller told dispatchers that a tractor trailer had fallen onto its side on I-4. What made the case somewhat extraordinary was that the truck had, according to the caller, tipped over onto a car. The caller told the dispatcher that it seemed as though someone was still inside the vehicle, trapped, but still able to communicate.
When the emergency response crews arrived, they found that the caller had adequately described the situation. Footage from a helicopter shows the scope of the scene: a large truck on its side and beneath it, barely visible, a white car.
Contact was made with the person trapped in the car, and the paramedics and members of the Orlando Fire Department assessed their physical condition as best as possible. A Lieutenant with the Orlando Fire Department, Creed McClelland, told reporters that medical personnel determined that the trapped individual was not in critical condition. This factor enabled the rescue team to work more methodically and carefully when extricating the individual from the car as they were not also racing against the clock.
Using several tow trucks in order to prevent the tractor trailer from becoming unstable, members of the Orlando Fire Department were then able to crawl to the car and free the man trapped inside. The report indicated that the Jaws of Life were required in order to perform this extraction.
The man, as of yet unnamed, was then transported to a nearby hospital. It is believed they only suffered from minor injuries, although further reports will clarify this matter.
It is not known whether or not any other people, such as the driver of the tractor trailer, were injured during the crash nor what caused the tractor trailer to topple in the first place. An investigation into the circumstance is currently ongoing.
James O. Cunningham
Since 1977, personal injury lawyer James Cunningham has provided effective legal advocacy to people who are injured through the negligent actions of another person or entity throughout the Central Florida area. He fights to obtain recoveries for his clients’ physical and emotional pain and suffering and pursues his clients’ personal injury cases with a commitment to excellence and impeccable preparation.
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