Firefighters attend early morning March Road single-vehicle collision

CORKERY – Nearby Corkery firefighters were first on scene for an early Sunday (June 14) morning single-vehicle collision on March Road near Bearhill Road.

“Ottawa Fire Services (OFS) received notification from Ottawa Police Services a 911 caller had reported the sound of a crash near March Road at Bearhill Road on June 14, at 12:21 a.m.,” OFS public information officer Carson Tharris released in a statement. “A single vehicle was on its roof with one person trapped.”

An OFS Technical Rescue team from OFS Station 84 on Old Almonte Road stabilized the vehicle and extricated the conscious patient at 12:43 a.m.

“Ottawa paramedics assumed patient care and transported the patient to hospital,” Tharris said. “We would like to thank the following agencies who collaborated with us to manage this incident: Ottawa Paramedic Service and the Ottawa Police Service. Our work together is based on trust, cooperation and a group commitment to service excellence and safety.”

Tharris has advice for any motorist who may come upon an accident scene or find yourself in on.

“If you are the first person at a motor vehicle incident, please approach the scene only if it is safe to do so,” he said. “If you are involved in a collision and find yourself trapped. Call 911 if you are able to. Tell the dispatcher you are trapped in your vehicle. Answer their questions as best as you can and follow their instructions.”

If you are trapped in a vehicle after a collision keep your seatbelt on until firefighters arrive, especially if you happen to be upside down.

“You don’t want to fall and further injure yourself or someone else who is in the vehicle with you,” Tharris said. “If you are in a collision and first responders advise that extrication will be required, be prepared for loud noises inside the vehicle while the firefighters use their tools. Don’t be alarmed. Your firefighter guide will always be checking in with you and keeping you safe.”