Vehicle fire at MVC endangers Tenn. patient, EMS providers

Crews with multiple agencies rescued the Morristown Rescue crew and treated and transported the patient


By Leila Merrill

HAMBLEN COUNTY, Tenn. — Morristown Rescue and a number of other agencies rescued a patient and EMS personnel after a vehicle fire ignited at the site of a multi-vehicle crash Friday evening.

EMS providers responded to the crash where a patient was trapped in their burning vehicle, WBIR reported. A bystander had pulled the patient from the vehicle before crews arrived on scene. 

Providers were treating the patient down a hillside when the vehicle’s fuel tank ruptured, sparking flames in the wooded area. They used fire extinguishers to keep the flames at a distance until firefighters arrived.

North Hamblen County Volunteer Fire Department, South Hamblen County Volunteer Fire Department and West Hamblen County Volunteer Fire Department coordinated to put out the fire.

Morristown Hamblen EMS providers treated the patient, who was placed on a skid stretcher and evacuated out of the woods.

Lifestar transported the patient to UT Medical Center.

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