Firefighters deal with 'tough' extrication following accident in East Bethany
Submitted by Howard Owens on February 3, 2011 - 3:53pm
UPDATED Feb. 4, 12:37 a.m.
Crews from Bethany and Stafford volunteer fire departments worked for more than an hour and 15 minutes to extricate an accident victim from his car on East Bethany-Le Roy Townline Road this afternoon.
The victim, Jordan Paul Fleming, 22, of East Bethany-Le Roy Townline Road, East Bethany, appears to have suffered leg injuries, according to Bethany's 2nd Assistant Chief John Szymkowiak.
Fleming was taken by Mercy Flight to Strong Memorial Hospital.
The 1996 Mercedes sedan passed through a slushy part of the roadway, slid off the pavement and struck a tree on the front driver's side, according to the accident investigation report. The force of the impact collapsed the front of the car, including steering wheel and column onto the driver's legs.
The car essentially had to be dismantled into order to extricate Fleming.
One veteran firefighter described the extrication as the toughest he's ever been involved in.
Szymkowiak requested mutual aid from Stafford to help with the extrication.
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