Mass Casualty Incident on I-80
Saturday November 10th proved to be a trying day with multiple motor vehicle accidents/mass casualty incidents for the members of the LTFD. Calls came in around 6:20 and 7am for multiple accidents with injuries and entrapment in different sections of Interstate 80 between the Penfield and Woodland exits.
“I am beyond proud of the men and women of this department and of our mutual aid departments for their efforts and actions throughout this whole event. Their training and skills have paid off and many lives were saved. These fire/rescue personnel encountered multiple walking wounded and seriously injured patients which 4 of them had to be extricated from their vehicles. Most were boarded and assisted from their vehicles or walked out to awaiting ambulances. 3 medical helicopters landed on 80 and transported 3 of the 4 critical patients. Others were transported by ground to near by hospitals. Fuel leaks/spills, ruptured box trailers and slippery road conditions were some of the hazards crews had to work in. Also to those uninjured drivers and travelers that were stuck in between these accidents that stepped up and helped first responders and each other.”
– Chief Graham
We would like to give a big thank you to all of the community members and businesses that have donated food and supplies and specially to our brother and sisters of Clearfield Fire Dept. Curwensville Fire Dept. Penfield Fire Dept. Clearfield EMS. Dubois EMS. Dusan EMS. Karthaus EMS. Curwensville EMS. PA State Police Clearfield 911/EMA. LT Fire police. Houtzdale and Madera Fire Depts for standing by at our station.
And to all others that assisted in any way.
It was reported that 15 vehicles were involved and 12 patients transported. As of last night the conditions of those transported are still unknown to us and we have not been advised of any updates. Interstate 80 was reopened and a second phase of clean up is expected with potentially restricting a lane of traffic east bound in that area.