More than a dozen agencies participate in 9-hour rescue in Alabama
A man was trapped in an overturned tractor-trailer carrying raw chicken
By Leila Merrill
GREENE COUNTY, Ala. — A tractor-trailer carrying raw chicken crashed and overturned Wednesday on Interstate 59, leading to a nine-hour rescue, WBMA reported.
Officials said a downed tree may have led to the crash. A man was trapped in the overturned truck.
More than a dozen agencies responded, and the man was successfully extricated.
TFR crews on the scene of an active traffic accident in Greene County at approximately the 33mm on I-59/20. Rescue 27, Battalion, and Truck 31 have been on scene since 6 A.M. assisting multiple other agencies. pic.twitter.com/EIczjkdVWw— TuscaloosaFireRescue (@T_Town_Fire) March 23, 2022
"Everyone operated within their scope, side by side, regardless of rank, command structure, working extremely smoothly, and everybody did what they could in that moment," said Zac Bolding, Greene County EMS director. "From every head of every agency I spoke with, it was probably the longest and most complicated, and extensive heavy rescue operation and medical care operation of a single patient in West Alabama and likely in the entire state."
A major crash led to a nine-hour rescue mission on Interstate 59 southbound in Greene County yesterday.— Valerie Bell (@vbell_reports) March 24, 2022
Today, we are talking to some of the agencies involved in these life saving efforts. @abc3340 @spann https://t.co/lQ4b7CNfcc pic.twitter.com/9SAL4jxBzO
Emergency Response Agencies that responded:
- Greene County E-911
- Eutaw Volunteer Fire Department
- Greene County EMS
- Greene County Sheriff's Office
- Tuscaloosa Fire Rescue
- PHI Air Medical
- Alabama Office of EMS
- UAB SWIFT Team (Surgery forWard Intervention For Trauma)
- Tuscaloosa Police Department Aviation Unit
- Alabama State Troopers
- U.S. Marshall Service
- ALEA Aviation Unit
- RAMS Air Medical Unit
Auxiliary agencies also involved:
- Alabama Forestry Commission
- Alabama Trauma Communications Center