JUNE 30, 2002
Lawrence Road, In Front Of Lawrence Road Firehouse, Lawrence Township
about 9:14 p.m. on Sunday, June 30, 2002, a motor vehicle accident
occurred in front of the Lawrence Road Fire Co. firehouse while a
number of firefighters stood on Station 22s front ramp conversing.
The accident took place when a car traveling south on Lawrence Road
hit the passengers side of a car turning onto Eldridge Avenue
from the northbound side of Lawrence Road.
Road firefighters immediately contacted township police and requested
an ambulance from Lawrence First Aid Squad. They then went to the
assistance of the occupants of the two vehicles. (Mercer County Central
Communications Center was notified of the incident, but Station 22
was not officially paged out.)
Martin Burch pulled Rescue 22 out onto the front ramp and raised the
light tower to illuminate the crash scene. Lt. Shaun Dlabik and Ff.
Joseph Dlabik Jr. used flares and Utility 22 to shut down Lawrence
Road and detour traffic around the firehouse. Southbound traffic was
diverted down Pilla Avenue and northbound traffic was sent down Marlboro
Kris Palmer, Lt. Michael Byrd, Lt. Chris Pangaldi and Ff. Chris Longo,
among others, meanwhile attended to the injured driver of the car
that had been heading south on Lawrence Road. Firefighters found the
cars driver, identified as Patricia Robinson, 63, of Jackson,
still in her seat. Her car had stopped in the middle of the southbound
lane of Lawrence Road.
who was conscious and alert, had several lacerations on her face and
had blood coming from her mouth where she had had some teeth knocked
out during the impact. She complained of feeling chest and back pain.
secured a protective collar around Robinsons neck. Ambulance
personnel then arrived on scene a few minutes later and worked together
with firefighters to place Robinson onto a backboard. Robinson was
then transferred to a stretcher and transported to Capital Health
System at Fuld hospital in Ambulance 129-2.
car had sustained such extensive front-end damage that its horn was
jammed on. The horn blared continuously until firefighters used bolt-cutters
to sever the cars battery cables. Firefighters spread speedie-dry
material on the ground to absorb anti-freeze and other automotive
fluids spilled from the car.
other car involved in collision came to a stop on Eldridge Avenue
about 50 feet from the corner. The car had sustained significant passengers
side damage but its driver was not hurt. Firefighters examined the
car but found no hazard.
By 9:33 p.m., Lawrence Township police had reopened the roadway and no further service was needed from Lawrence Roads firefighters.