Saturday, June 10, 2000

Wreck traps man for 2 hours

Training pays speedy dividend

By David Eck
Enquirer Contributor

        MASON — This week's auto extrication training for Mason firefighters paid dividends for a Maineville man injured in a one-car crash early Friday.

        David L. McCallister, 19, was in good condition at University Hospital after the car in which he was riding went off Mason Road and hit a telephone pole, trapping him for nearly two hours. Mr. McCallister was flown by helicopter to University.

        The car's driver, Shaunda K. Nichols, 27, of Franklin was treated at Bethesda North Hospital and released.

        Mason police say Ms. Nichols was driving a 1991 Chevrolet Camaro when she lost control and hit the telephone pole about 1:15 a.m. She was charged with failure to control, said Mason Police administrative clerk Pattie Connor.

        “These folks in their car hit with such a force that the car was wrapped around the pole and it cut the pole,” said Mason Fire Chief William Goldfeder.

        Fire officials said they had to remove wreckage piece by piece from around Mr. McCallister's legs. The situation was further compounded by the unstable telephone pole.

        “The slightest movement the wrong way could have caused further harm not only to the individual but to the rescuers,” Chief Goldfeder said. “It's been awhile since I've had that challenging a rescue.”

        Mason fire crews spent several hours each day this week training for the very situation that confronted them Friday. The training helped crews become more familiar with their extrication tools and improved communication and safety.

        “It definitely went smoother because of the training this week,” Chief Goldfeder said. “We have a very aggressive training program and we're always looking to improve on it.”


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