One Airlifted, Four Transported After I-75 Rollover
Ocala Fire Rescue was dispatched to a vehicle accident on I-75 southbound, near mile marker 352, at 2:24 PM. Upon arrival firefighters encountered a patient on the ground, an SUV showing signs of rollover, upright, with bystanders attempting to remove occupants and a compact vehicle with minor damages.
Assuming command Battalion Chief 22 requested four ambulances and a helicopter to fulfill transport needs. Crews from Rescue 3 worked rapidly to extricate two patients trapped in the SUV and provide care while transport arrived. Despite traffic beginning to congest the area, Engine 3 cleared a landing zone in a matter of minutes. One patient was immediately loaded and flown to Shands Hospital, while the other four were transported to Ocala Regional Medical Center.
A total of five patients, all occupants of the SUV, were transported to the hospital; four of the five as trauma alerts. The occupant of the second vehicle did not report any injuries.