04-16-2011
Vehicle over Embankment
Ejection with Fatality
I77 NB/40mm

A SUV hit the guard rail and the vehicle went up on top of the guard rail sliding until it went down the embankment, ejecting one passenger who landed up underneath the vehicle.  There were either 7 or 8 persons in the vehicle, and the victim was the only one not wearing a seatbelt.  The rest of the passengers were transported to the hospital to be checked out for minor injuries.  The interstate was shut down for nearly 3 1/2 hours while getting patient out from underneath the vehicle, and then to get the vehicle pulled back up to the roadway.  Rescue workers used jacks, air bags, and cribbing to get the patient out from underneath the vehicle.  Units came from Troutman Fire & Rescue, Shepherds Fire & Rescue, Mooresville Rescue, Mooresville Fire Dept, NC SHP and Empire Wrecker Service.  The wrecker was used to stabilize the vehicle.

I have a set of fireman's gloves that were left on the scene if anyone is missing them.  Shoot me an email and I will get them back to you.


Firefighters getting the jacks in place, and a cable to stabilize the vehicle.


Bringing the air bags down to the vehicle.


View from behind the vehicle looking up the hill.


Getting cribbing put under the vehicle.


Trees hindered getting to the victim.


Cutting out the windshield.


Paramedic trying to get to the victim, but was unable to due to his location under vehicle.


Looking up the hill - rain was not helping the footing on the hill.


In a line passing down the cribbing needed.


Passing the cribbing - Amy (paramedic) helping the line.


Troutman Chief Troutman coordinating between both sides or the vehicle.


Checking on cribbing.


Trucks with lights illuminating the scene.


Patients from the vehicle are loaded into ambulances to be transported to hospital.


Doors open to be able to quickly pull needed items.


Roz hauling down handful of cribbing.


Airbag under vehicle being raised slowly.


Chief Troutman signaling to hold what they have.


Raising the vehicle slowly on both sides.


Watching from the reserve area at the top of the hill.


Chief Barrier


Patient has been released, and breakdown of cribbing - Chief Barrier throwing a big block.


Bring the body up on a stretcher - climbing a roof ladder that is on the hill.


Time to relax and have a drink.


Mooresville Fire repacking hose.


Breaking down the accident scene.


Troutman Firefighters


Initial contact with the guard rail - rode down the top of rail before falling off and rolling down the hill.


Top of the posts are bent over from vehicle hitting them.


State Troopers on the scene.


Putting the jacks back to original condition for next time.


Posts are easier to see how they were bent over.


Pulling the vehicle up the embankment - getting ready to go over the rail.


Raising the front end over the rail.


Balanced on the rail.


Back end raised up and rollback swung rear of vehicle back into roadway.

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