The Cessnock District Rescue Squad attended three serious accidents on consecutive days. Shortly after 5am Monday 26th the squad was called to Wine Country Dive Pokolbin for a motor vehicle collision involving three vehicles. The collision occurred just north of the intersection of Broke Road and resulted in two people being seriously injured and one deceased. Whilst Paramedics treated the two occupants of one vehicle Rescue personnel used hydraulic spreaders and cutters to remove the side of the vehicle to allow better access and facilitate their extrication. Once stabilised the pair were transported by the Westpac Rescue Helicopter to the John Hunter Hospital. Throughout the incident Rescue personnel also assisted Paramedics with treating the patients and Police with traffic control. Wine Country Drive was closed to all traffic between the intersections of Broke Road and Palmers Lane with diversions in place throughout the incident and for several hours after whilst Police Crash Investigations Officers examined the scene.
At 5am the next morning, Tuesday 27th the squad was responded to the Putty Road with reports of a semi trailer over turned. Due to the distance and remoteness of the incident emergency personnel were responded from both the Hunter region and also from Western Sydney. Upon arrival at the incident emergency personnel from Hawkesbury, including Hawkesbury SES Rescue were on scene and it was immediately evident that this would be a complicated rescue operation. A semi trailer milk truck had veered off the road and rolled down a fifteen metre embankment, colliding with several large trees on the way down leaving the male driver trapped and injured. Paramedics and Hawkesbury SES Rescue personnel were already down at the cab of the truck so they carried out the extrication of the driver while Cessnock District Rescue Squad personnel set up a vertical rescue haul system to lift the driver up to the roadway once he had been freed from the cab. After several hours of outstanding team work between all emergency service personnel the man was placed into the Sydney Ambulance Helicopter and flown to the John Hunter Hospital with possible spinal, internal and limb injuries.
At 9.45pm Wednesday 28th the squad was called to a single vehicle collision on Wine Country Drive Nulkaba outside Calvary Retirement Village. Upon arrival Rescue personnel found the male driver and sole occupant of a station wagon trapped after the drivers side had collided with a power pole. Rescue personnel worked on both sides of the vehicle simultaneously using hydraulic spreaders and cutters to remove both sides of the vehicle as well as folding the roof back. Due to the nature of how the man was trapped it was a slow and steady rescue operation with Paramedics treating the man throughout. Inclement weather resulted in the Westpac Rescue Helicopter not being able to attend so once removed from the vehicle the man was transported by Ambulance to the John Hunter Hospital with possible spinal, pelvic, abdominal and limb injuries. The North bound lane was blocked throughout the incident with traffic directed around the scene via a contra-flow arrangement using the South bound lane.
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Cessnock District Rescue Squad