A patient had to be cut out of a vehicle with the Jaws of life and one patient was airlifted following a serious car accident with multiple patients in the Town of Newburgh yesterday afternoon.
First responders were dispatched to a three-car accident with injuries and fire in front of the City of Newburgh Water Filtration Plant at approximately 12:25 pm yesterday. The accident was near the intersection of Little Britain Road and Old Little Britain Road in the Town of Newburgh.
The Good-Will Fire Department, Town of Newburgh Volunteer Ambulance Corp, New Windsor Volunteer Ambulance Corp, Town of Newburgh Police Department, and City of Newburgh Police Department all converged on the scene. Initial police units arriving on the scene found a patient was trapped inside one of the cars. Good-Will firefighters had to extricate the person from the vehicle.
Emergency medical services on the scene determined one patient was seriously injured and needed to be airlifted. A helicopter was scrambled to the scene by Hackensack Air Med. The Winona Lake Fire Department was dispatched to establish a landing zone for the chopper. The patient was flown to Westchester County Medical Center. Other patients were taken to St. Luke’s Hospital by ambulances.
City of Newburgh Police Commissioner Jose Gomerez happened upon the scene and stopped to help. He noticed first responders were having a language barrier with some of the patients. He sprung into action and began translating to help rescue workers communicate with their patients.
There is no word on the status of the patients due to medical privacy laws.