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Bennett Road nighttime crash

Town of New Gloucester, Maine
New Gloucester Fire Rescue

Press Release

Prepared by: Captain Hale Fitzgerald
Number of Alarms: Still Alarm
Incident Commander: Captain Hale Fitzgerald
Incident Number: 21-NG0385
Incident Date and Time: August 20, 2021 at 0041

Incident Location: 289 Bennett Road

Number of NGFR apparatus in response: 3
Number of NGFR personnel in response: 11
First NGFR unit on scene: Ambulance 1

General Incident Description: At 0041, New Gloucester Fire Alarm dispatched a still alarm for a vehicle into a tree with the driver’s door pinned against a tree. A1 and E2 arrived on scene first, finding an unbelted driver of a pick-up truck heavily entrapped after hitting a tree. Crews called for mutual aid from Gray’s Heavy Rescue and Life Flight. Due to poor weather conditions, Life Flight responded to the scene via ground.

Crews worked to free the driver by removing the roof, folding down both the driver’s door and the driver’s side rear passenger door, and displacing the dash board. The patient was extricated after 55 minutes. The patient was moved to New Gloucester’s ambulance, where the on duty EMS crew and Life Flight crew prepared the patient for transport to CMMC. E2, Squad 1, and Gray R47 made up on scene and were able to return in service, with the scene being turned over to CCSO.

Mutual Aid to the Scene: Gray Heavy Rescue 47, Life Flight Ground Crew

Mutual Aid to the Station: None

Vehicles Involved: 1

Entrapment: Yes

Hazardous Materials Released: None

Injuries: Non-life threatening injuries to the driver. No injuries to Fire or EMS personnel

Factors: Wet road conditions, heavy entrapment.

PSA: Wet roads can create hazardous driving conditions. Please remember to drive for the road conditions and always wear your seatbelt.

Hale Fitzgerald
New Gloucester Fire Rescue
611 Lewiston Road

New Gloucester, ME 04260


Photos courtesy of NG Fire Rescue