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Pediatric Patient Transported as “Trauma Alert” After Accident

(Photos: Marion County Fire Rescue)

In a dramatic turn if events on March 5,  emergency response units from MCFR and OFR sprang into action at 7:00 am today, following reports of a motor vehicle accident involving a rollover and entrapment at the intersection of NE 36th Ave and NE 40th Ave Road in Ocala. Multiple 911 calls indicated a severe accident had occurred at the intersection, prompting a robust deployment of rescue resources.

MCFR swiftly dispatched Command Officers, 1 Engine, 1 Heavy Rescue, and 3 Medic units, while Ocala Fire Rescue contributed a Battalion Chief, an Engine, and a Rescue unit to address the situation.

Station #1 Special Operations units were the first to arrive on the scene at 7:05 am, immediately initiating the extrication process for a pediatric passenger trapped in an SUV. By 7:11 am, the young patient was successfully freed from the wreckage, necessitating a declaration of a “Trauma Alert.” The pediatric patient was promptly transported to a trauma hospital for urgent medical attention. Fortunately, the driver of the F-150 pickup truck managed to self-extricate from the wreckage. In total, three patients were transported to local hospitals.

Fire Chief James Banta expressed empathy, stating, “Our thoughts are with the affected individuals and their families during this difficult time. We urge our citizens and visitors to be vigilant and drive safely.”

The Florida Highway Patrol has taken charge of investigating the cause of the accident as authorities work to piece together the events leading up to the morning’s collision. The community remains on alert as details emerge from the ongoing investigation.

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