GFR extricates victim from hit-and-run

Press release from Gainesville Fire Rescue

At 7:58 a.m. on April 1, the Combined Communications Center (CCC) received several 911 calls regarding a motor vehicle crash. Several callers reported that one person was entrapped inside their vehicle at NE 55th Ave/ NE Waldo Rd. Gainesville Fire Rescue (GFR) Engine 3, Rescue Squad 3, Ladder truck 1, District 1, responded with Alachua County Fire Rescue Transport 34 to the scene. GFR Engine 3 and Rescue Squad 3 arrived on the scene within minutes of being dispatched and confirmed one vehicle was on its side with one person entrapped.

GFR District 1 (Cary Williams) arrived on the scene and established incident command. GFR Ladder truck 1 began extricating a conscious, alert male driver out of the vehicle. Crews were able to free the patient from the car within 20 mins of the initial call. ACFR Transport Rescue 34 issued a trauma alert and transported one patient to Shands with life-threatening injuries. The Gainesville Police Department 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 their seatbelts.