|Lest We Forget: Remembering the Pennsylvania Turnpike Tragedy March 9, 1998|
|By Deputy Chief Bill Minahan|
|March 9, 2017|
March 9th is the 19th anniversary of the PA Turnpike crash that killed firefighter Dave Good and injured 9 others in the Line of Duty. Firefighter David Good was 38 years old and had 5 years of service as a Firefighter with Lionville Fire Company. He was survived by his wife Maryanne and two sons, Johnathan and Jason Good.
At the same time, two additional crashes were reported on the Turnpike. The second accident was reported at milepost 307 westbound (west of the first incident). The Engine (with Assistant Chief Holmes) while responding to the first accident was directed to continue past the primary scene to respond to the second crash. A third accident was reported of a vehicle overturned at milepost 314 on the eastbound side of the highway (east of the original incident). Chief Minahan responded to that call with mutual aid units to investigate. While at the overturned minivan… Minahan was advised by the county that 87 ambulance just advised they were hit by a tractor trailer.
At 1438 hours, as personnel were loading the accident victim into the Uwchlan Ambulance, a tractor trailer traveling westbound lost control and crashed into the Assistance Chief Senn’s vehicle, overturned, and slid into the back of the ambulance and the other responders in that area. The Assistant Chief and a firefighter Doan (both in his truck) were trapped in the severely damaged vehicle and had to be extricated by mutual aid rescue personnel using the Jaws of Life. The injured included Assistant Chief Steve Senn, Firefighters Chris Good, Mike Cox, Eric John, Pete Harmansky, James Rattrie, and Robert Doan, all firefighters with the Lionville Fire Company, and EMT Brent Kaplan and EMT John Wanczyk of Uwchlan Ambulance.
If you want to learn more about the accident or other highway incidents & “Lessons Learned” … you can find several articles & classes @ the web sites & links below.
A Special thanks to Lt. Jack Sullivan (retired) for carrying the torch and leading the way for all of Highway Incident Safety Programs throughout the US.
Thanks for taking the time to read this,
FIRE/EMS HIGHWAY SURVIVAL TRAINING MATERIALS:
LIONVILLE FIRE CO PROGRAM: http://www.lionvillefire.org/hwy_safety/
IAFF/USFA FIREFIGHTER HIGHWAY AND ROADWAY SAFETY PROGRAM: http://www.iaff.org/hs/evsp/PowerPoint%20Presentation%20in%20PDF.pdf
CDC FIREFIGHTER HIGHWAY SAFETY INFORMATION: http://www.iaff.org/hs/evsp/NIOSH%20Traffic%20Hazards%20to%20FF%20on%20Roadways.pdf
IAFC HIGHWAY SAFETY INFORMATION: http://www.iafc.org/files/downloads/VEHICLE_SAFETY/VehclSafety_IAFCpolAndProceds.pdf
ROADWAY SURVIVAL VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0UwQ8e58IF4
USE THIS PSA FOR LOCAL MARKETING IN YOUR COMMUNITY: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LroL2xlVH1U
RESPONDER SAFETY: www.respondersafety.com
Mike Wilbur/EVR EMERGENCY VEHICLE DRIVER TRAINING/CERTIFICATION PROGRAMS: http://www.emergencyvehicleresponse.com