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Medina firefighters rescue trapped driver whose semi slid down an embankment off I-71

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Posted at 8:52 AM, Jan 25, 2022

MEDINA, Ohio — Firefighters from the Medina Fire Department rescued a driver whose semi slid off I-71 and down a steep snow-covered embankment on Monday.

The department responded to the northbound lanes of I-71 at mile marker 216 where a semitrailer had slid off the road and crashed into an embankment.

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Firefighters rescue a trapped driver inside a semitractor-trailer that slid down an embankment off I-71.

The driver’s door was jammed, which trapped him inside the vehicle.

With heavy snow and the steep slope, firefighters had to set up a low-angle rope rescue system to assist in getting personnel and equipment down to the bottom of the embankment, which was about 50 feet from the highway.

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Firefighters rescue a trapped driver inside a semitractor-trailer that slid down an embankment off I-71.

Crews used hydraulic spreaders to open the door and free the driver, who was immediately transported to a nearby hospital for injuries.

While firefighters freed the driver, they simultaneously deployed absorbent booms in the creek below the truck to contain the diesel fuel that had leaked from a fuel tank that was damaged in the crash.

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Firefighters rescue a trapped driver inside a semitractor-trailer that slid down an embankment off I-71.

“This was a complex incident, requiring personnel from Engine-1, Rescue-3, Rescue-6, Car-1 and Car-3. We'd like to thank our partner agencies who were also on scene, including Medina LST, Montville Township PD, Ohio State Highway Patrol, and the Ohio EPA,” the department said.

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