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Tractor trailer drives off I-86 overpass in Avoca

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PHOTOS: Bath Fire responded to request for mutual aid

From Bath Assistant Chief David Dowdle, photos courtesy of John Walczak

Bath Fire responded to the mutual aid request of Avoca Fire and Ambulance at 4:03 AM for the tractor-trailer accident on the I86 flyover to 390. Bath responded with Rescue 1, Truck 5 and Chiefs 501 and 503. The driver of the truck was trapped in the cab of the tractor and the cab was hanging off the overpass above 390N. Stabilization of the vehicle was provided by Fleetpride.

A two-pronged rescue was initiated by members of Baths Rope Rescue team from above and the crew of Truck 5 from below. Extrication was completed when the driver self-extricated onto the aerial platform of Truck 5. He was brought to the highway and care was transferred to the Bath VA ambulance. The truck was carrying bags of mulch.

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