Southington firefighters respond to 3 back-to-back crashes

One of the drivers who crashed was distracted while watching crews clean up another accident scene

Firefighters in Southington responded to three back-to-back crashes in one night.
Courtesy: Southington Volunteer Fire Department Facebook page

SOUTHINGTON, Ohio (WKBN) – Southington firefighters had a busy day on Monday, responding to multiple crashes.

The Southington Volunteer Fire Department responded to three back-to-back crashes overnight.

“It’s rare, especially auto accidents. EMS, yeah, we can get beat up a lot on EMS but auto accidents, that’s rare,” Chief Tom Strock said.

It started with a mutual aid call in Braceville at 9:43 p.m. when several patients were taken to the hospital after a head-on crash.

Before crews even got back to the station, there was another accident on Painsville Warren Road. A truck smashed into a utility pole,
sheering it at the base.

While they were tending to that call, there was yet another accident in the same spot.

“They’re not looking at us, they’re looking at what we’re trying to do and they’re distracted,” Strock said. “They’re not watching the people in front of them, the people behind them, and they’re causing another crash.”

No one was injured in the last two calls of the evening.

Firefighters want to remind people approaching accident scenes to slow down and be aware.

“Please just pay attention. Just slow down and watch what you’re doing, not what we’re doing. That would really help,” Strock said. “You have to really slow down around there because we step out. We have to load people, we have to get equipment and you really got to watch for us.”

They also say keeping enough distance between the car in front of you is also important, so your vehicle can come to a complete stop.

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