Serious Auto Accident Sunrise Hwy & Peninsula Blvd.

Story & Photos by Ex- Capt. Steve Grogan


At approximately 3:45 PM on Wednesday, February 25, 2004, the Lynbrook Fire Department Emergency Medical Company's two ambulances and the Fire Department's Extrication Team responded to a reported auto accident with victims trapped at the intersection of Sunrise Highway and Peninsula Blvd.

According to the Lynbrook Police a blue Lincoln Town Car, proceeding North on Peninsula Blvd., was struck broadside by a white van, which was heading West on Sunrise Highway. Four of the five persons in the Lincoln were trapped in the vehicle. The accident is under investigation by the Nassau County Police 5th Squad.

The Extrication Team, using the Hurst tool and jaws of life, pried off the mangled doors of the Lincoln to remove the occupants. During their efforts Lynbrook firefighters were assisted by the Nassau County Emergency Services Unit who had also responded to the scene.

Lynbrook Engine Company #1 was dispatched to the scene and stretched a booster line to protect the working firefighters around the vehicle. Medical Company member provided medical aid to the trapped persons while the extrication team worked to gain access to the injured. A total of six people, the drivers of both vehicles, were transported to area hospitals. The most seriously injured occupant of the Lincoln, a woman in the front passenger seat, was airlifted by Nassau County Police helicopter to Nassau University Medical Center. The less seriously injured occupants were taken by ambulances from Lynbrook FD, Valley Stream FD, and Nassau County Police, to area hospitals. 

The Lynbrook Fire Department personnel at the scene were under the command of Second Deputy Chief James McDermott.  


02/20/17 07:18

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