FAIRFIELD, CT, May 6, 2013: The Fairfield Fire Department’s Engine Five, Ladder Two and Car Three responded to a report of a vehicle crashed into a tree off of the road in front of 1261 Congress Street on Monday May 6, 2013 at 5:36 p.m. The 911 caller reported that there was still one occupant trapped inside of the black truck. Due to that additional information, Ladder One was special called to the scene for manpower and equipment.
At 5:46 p.m. Engine Five, under the direction of LT Lauri Jepsen arrived on scene and found a Black Toyota Tundra off-the-road after hitting a tree. There was extensive front end damage to the vehicle, the left front wheel was completely removed, and there was a risk of fire. Engine Five personnel utilized an extinguisher as a precaution and attended to patient care. Both patients were located outside of the vehicle. The driver was found lying in the brush with extensive trauma; personnel found the steering wheel severely damaged. The occupant reported no injuries. Assistant Chief Erik Kalapir, in Car Three, arrived on scene and took command of the incident and immediately requested Police to close the nearest intersections. Ladder One was placed in service due to the fact that both of the occupants self-extricated. Ladder Two stabilized the full sized pickup and assisted with patient care. Patient/driver was stabilized with a cervical collar and backboard. American Medical Response Ambulance arrived on scene and the driver was quickly transported to Saint Vincent’s Hospital. A refusal of medical care was obtained by the occupant/rider. Ladder Two and Car Three returned to service.
The vehicle battery was disconnected and Engine Five awaited the arrival of the towing company. Engine Five cleared the scene at 6:30 P.M.