Car with two occupants vs tree on Potwine Lane in South Amherst
A very serious one car vs tree accident called in at 11:57 AM tied up almost all our first responders for over an hour as firefighters had to extricate the female passenger trapped in the vehicle before she was transported to Baystate Medical in Springfield, the closest hospital with a critical care unit.
Volvo was heading west into a curve at the time of the accident
The call came in at a busy time for AFD so the first ambulance (A3) dispatched had to make the longer trip from North Station rather than Central. The crew from a second ambulance (A4), also from North Station, jumped into A3 at the scene, since the patient was so critical, and whisked her off to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield with a crew of four.
AFD A3 leaving the scene
The third ambulance to the scene (A1) normally dispatched from Central Station had to come from Northampton after dropping off a patient at Cooley Dickinson Hospital. A1, with a crew of three, then also transported the second, male, driver of the vehicle to Baystate Medical in Springfield.
Potwine Lane was closed
The injuries were so obviously serious that AFD originally requested LifeFlight helicopter out of Worcester which has a trauma surgeon and nurse aboard and could get to Springfield from the scene of the accident in 10 minutes.
The Potwine Lane soccer fields right around the bend from where the accident occurred is a designated landing zone for LifeFlight.
Unfortunately the weather was too miserable for the bird to fly.