A recent semi-truck accident near Baltimore, MD, resulted in a dangerous car fire that could have killed three members of a family whose compact car was hit by the truck on a Saturday afternoon. My firm, Lebowitz & Mzhen, LLC, represents victims of heavy truck crashes not unlike the one that occurred on Interstate 95 in late September. Trucking accidents involving small cars can result in serious injuries and occasionally death. Fortunately, it looks like all three occupants of the small car were rescued and survived the ordeal.
According to new accounts, fire rescue workers from Baltimore City’s fire department rushed to the scene of a truck-car crash on the southbound side of I-95 near I-396 North in the early afternoon of September 26. First responders found a small car enveloped in flames having been struck by a tractor trailer.
After suppressing much of the flames, fire department personnel worked to free three trapped family members from the wrecked and smoldering vehicle. Names were not released at the time of the incident, however police reports show that one adult male, an adult pregnant woman and male child were all caught inside the burning vehicle.
The child who was found trapped in the rear of the car apparently suffered serious second and third degree burns to his torso, neck and face along with other injuries. Rescuers determined that the boy still had had vital life signs. He was rapidly extricated from the car, treated with advanced trauma life support procedures and quickly transported to Johns Hopkins Children’s Center for further assessments and treatment.
According to the report, the driver of the tractor trailer reportedly suffered minor injuries and was transported to an area hospital. Police officers from the Maryland Transportation Authority could not immediately determine what caused the accident. An investigation was ongoing at the time of the report.
Family Rescued After Crash with Tractor Trailer, ABC2News.com, September 26, 2009