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Nine Injured in Auto Accident

Story by  Ex Captain Steven Grogan - Photos by Steven & Brian Grogan


Lynbrook firefighters and Medical Company members, led by Chief John Chavatte, joined by Lynbrook police officers and Nassau County police, paramedics and ESU, all worked together on the afternoon of July 18, 2016 when an auto accident at about 1 PM at the intersection of Peninsula Blvd and Lyon Place trapped seven children in the back of a Ford Explorer SUV which had collided with a Ford F-150.   The F-150 struck the SUV on the driver’s side pushing it into a telephone pole at the intersection.  With both sides of the SUV damaged and the children trapped, the department’s extrication team was also called to help free the children, two of which were in serious condition.   While Medical Company members and NCPD paramedics stabilized the children inside the vehicle, members from Truck Company and Tally-Ho Company used their tools to cut off the driver’s side back door.  The passenger side rear door was removed by NCPD ESU officers who sent two teams to assist.   With the doors removed the children were removed on backboards and stretchers to ambulances from Lynbrook, Valley Stream, Rockville Centre and East Rockaway Fire Departments, as well as NCPD ambulances.

The first child removed from the vehicle, and the most seriously injured, was transported to Greis Park where a NCPD helicopter landed and took the child to NUMC.  The other children were taken to South Nassau and Mercy Hospitals.  The driver and front passenger were parents of just some of the children.   They had minor injuries and also went to the hospital.   The driver of the F-150 was treated at the scene by Rockville Centre FD’s ambulance and released.  Due to the injuries to the children Nassau detectives were also called to the scene and both vehicles were seized for further inspection.   That same evening a prayer service was held at Our Lady of Peace Church were the family in the SUV are parishioners, to pray for the recovery of the injured children. 

“This was a collaborative effort by a combined group of firefighters and police officers.  We hope and pray for the quick recovery of the children,” said Chief Chavatte.  

All the children were eventually released from the hospital. 

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