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Motor Vehicle Collision - Confirmed Entrapment - Semi Tractor-Trailer vs. Passenger Truck

For immediate release: November 22, 2019 - 4:23pm

At approximately 9:58 this morning, the Saskatoon Fire Department received multiple 911 calls reporting a witnessed collision between a semi tractor-trailer and a passenger truck at the intersection of Faithfull Avenue and 60th Street East. Callers had reported to fire dispatchers that the driver and lone occupant of the passenger truck remained trapped inside the vehicle.

Two fire engines, one rescue unit, and one battalion chief were dispatched for immediate response.

Upon arrival of the first responding fire engine, firefighters confirmed that the semi tractor-trailer involved in the collision was not transporting any hazardous materials at the time of impact and verified that the operator did not require medical attention. Fire crews made contact with the trapped driver of the passenger truck, with firefighter-paramedics conducting a patient assessment and providing care inside of the heavily damaged vehicle. Fire crews began preparing the vehicle for the extrication process by cutting the power to the battery and securing the vehicle's position. Upon confirmation of patient stability, hydraulic rescue tools were used to remove the driver's door and free the patient from the entrapped position. The male driver was transported to hospital by ambulance with non-life-threatening injuries.

Fire crews performed fluid and debris cleanup prior to leaving the scene with the Saskatoon Police Service.

There were no injuries or exposures to fire department personnel as a result of this incident.