The Egg Harbor Township Fire Department in Atlantic County responded to milepost 8.5 eastbound on the Atlantic City Expressway for an MVA. Cardif was initially dispatched and as Chief Gil Zonge was responding, he was updated that the crash involved a box truck, there was entrapment, and possibly a fire. An assistant chief from the Atlantic City International Airport Fire Department arrived and updated the situation. Once Chief Zonge arrived he requested additional equipment and units from Farmington and Bargaintown and Rescue 24 from the airport fire department. Farmington established an LZ close to the scene. A long extrication ensued, as both the truck and car were in the woods, with one person under the vehicle, and the car severed in two. A 90-minute extrication ensued in which three patients were extricated, all in critical condition. At the one hour mark, command requested Scullville for relief. Once the patients were removed, firefighters rehabbed and then de-conned gear and themselves. The scene wasn’t cleared until after 1400. The cause of the crash was under investigation by the New Jersey State Police.
– Fire News photo by Dennis C. Sharpe