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RCMPNS will be sharing first responders’ experiences this week to highlight the importance of road safety.
Here is Halifax Regional Fire & Emergency volunteer Lucas Salmon’s story.
Early one summer morning I got a call about a serious motor vehicle collision. I jumped out of bed and reported to the station, where myself and six other firefighters put on our gear, loaded the truck and travelled to the scene.
When we arrived, we saw the vehicle on its roof, roughly 10-15 feet from the road. The driver was uninjured but the passenger was trapped inside.
We staged extrication tools, including the jaws of life, so that we could get to the victim.
When we cut off a rear door, we found the victim deceased. That was when I realized how severe the collision had been.
I looked for tire marks on the road but there were none. The car had launched over a pond and into a large tree.
As we removed part of the tree to give access to other responding units, I heard drivers complaining that they were going to be late due to the road closure. It was extremely difficult to hear that, knowing the victim would never reach their destination. It was another reminder of how quickly everything can change.