At 3:22 a.m. on October 31, the Combined Communications Center received several 911 calls regarding a vehicle that hit a tree at high speed at 3423 SW Williston Rd. A witness advised that one person was trapped inside their car.
Gainesville Fire Rescue (GFR) Engine 2, Ladder truck 9, Rescue Squad 1, District 1 responded, along with Alachua County Fire Rescue Engine 80 and Rescue Transport 80. GFR Ladder truck 9 arrived on scene within minutes of being dispatched and found one vehicle with significant damage and one person entrapped.
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GFR District 1 (Cary Williams) arrived on the scene and established incident command. Due to the severity of the patient’s injuries, fire rescue crews rapidly extricated the patient from the vehicle and issued a trauma alert to Shands. Crews were able to free the patient from the car within minutes of arriving on the scene. ACFR Transport Rescue 80 transported one patient to Shands with life-threatening injuries. The Alachua County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the cause of the accident.
Gainesville Fire Rescue would like to remind drivers to look both ways before entering busy roadways, obey all traffic laws, and always wear your seatbelts.