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Firefighters respond to multiple serious overnight collisions

(Photos: Marion County Fire Rescue)

In the late hours of January 26, 2024, Marion County Fire Rescue (MCFR) was called into action to address two significant traffic collisions.

The first incident occurred at 8:08 pm, prompting the dispatch of MCFR north county units to the 1400 block of NW 42nd Place in Ocala. Responding to reports of a motor vehicle collision, the 911 caller indicated a two-vehicle crash with potential entrapment, leading to the closure of southbound lanes on 441. MCFR’s Engine #1, Heavy Rescue #2, Medic #61, and Medic #65 swiftly arrived at the scene, addressing what was described as a “T-Bone” accident. Fortunately, no entrapment was found, but one patient was transported as a Trauma Alert, while another received non-emergency transport.

Later, at 12:11 am, MCFR units were once again dispatched, this time to the 6500 block of South Pine Ave in Ocala. The call reported a two-vehicle accident with confirmed entrapment. A multi-unit response, including Engine #16, Heavy Rescue #1, Heavy Rescue #2, Battalion Chief #5, Engine #18, CC1, Tower #2, Rescue #518, and #16, arrived promptly to initiate the extrication process. Due to the extensive damage, the extrication efforts spanned approximately 30 minutes. Both victims were declared Trauma Alerts and transported to a local trauma hospital.

The Florida Highway Patrol has assumed responsibility for investigating the root causes of these crashes, as MCFR continues its dedication to safeguarding the community and responding to emergencies.

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