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Highway Havoc in Belleview: Firefighters Extract Driver from Wreckage

(Photos: Marion County Fire Rescue)

In a dramatic turn of events on March 25, 2024, Marion County Fire Rescue (MCFR) units sprang into action following reports of a harrowing collision involving a semi-tractor trailer, an SUV, and a Jeep in south Marion County. With multiple frantic 911 calls flooding in, detailing the chaos of the three-vehicle accident, it became apparent that swift intervention was crucial to saving lives.

At 8:03 pm, Rescue #518 and Battalion Chief #3 raced to the scene, arriving just four minutes later in front of a Belleview Taco Bell. As the scene unfolded, it became clear that one driver was trapped inside their SUV, pinned between

the vehicle and the imposing frame of the semi-tractor trailer. Despite the daunting circumstances, the semi-driver and the Jeep driver managed to extricate themselves from their vehicles, leaving the focus on the trapped individual.

Additional crews from Belleview Station #18 and Shady Station #16 swiftly joined the effort, bolstering the rescue operation. With precision and expertise, technical rescue specialists embarked on a meticulous extrication process, employing innovative techniques to free the trapped driver from her precarious position.

By 8:21 pm, the daunting task was accomplished, and the trapped driver was liberated from her confines. However, the ordeal was far from over as she was swiftly declared a “Trauma Alert” and whisked away to a local trauma hospital for urgent medical attention.

Meanwhile, as the rescue operation unfolded, HAZMAT technicians diligently worked to mitigate a small diesel fuel leak emanating from the semi, ensuring the safety of all personnel involved.

With the situation under control and the injured party receiving medical care, authorities turned their attention to the investigation. The cause of the accident now falls under the jurisdiction of the Belleview Police Department, as they endeavor to piece together the events leading up to the collision.

Amidst the chaos and carnage, the swift response of MCFR units undoubtedly played a pivotal role in averting further tragedy. As the dust settles and the investigation unfolds, the community is left grappling with the sobering reminder of the fragility of life on the roadways.

1 Comment

  1. Karin on March 26, 2024 at 7:10 am

    Let’s keep building and ignoring infrastructure
    Ignore the daily fatalities on our once quiet roads. Ignore the residents begging you to stop destroying our cities. All the government in Florida needs to be replaced with humans and not friends of friends.

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