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Passersby Rescue Man from Vehicle in Minnetonka Pond

Minnetonka, Hennepin EMS, Minnesota State Patrol

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May 5 – Two passersby pulled the man to safety after his vehicle left the roadway and crashed into a pond in Minnetonka on Thursday.

The incident happened around 11:30 a.m. on Highway 169 near Minnetonka Boulevard. The four-door car was about three-quarters submerged.

Traffic cameras showed two passersby assisting the 39-year-old driver from the vehicle.

Hennepin EMS Ambulance 425 and EMS Supervisor 410, along with Minnesota State Patrol and MNDOT HELP crews arrived shortly after.

Hennepin EMS Spokesman Christopher Kummer said his crew packaged and transported the patient to Hennepin County Medical Center.

Eric Roeske of the Minnesota State Patrol said the driver appeared to have suffered a medical condition, which caused the crash.

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Car Rolls Into Pond, Traps Driver in St. Paul

April 28, 2011 Leave a comment
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Twin Cities Fire Wire Photo

This story was updated on Friday morning.

April 28 – Emergency crews worked to free an occupant who was trapped after his car rolled into a retaining pond along Interstate 280 in St. Paul on Thursday evening.

St. Paul fire crews were called to Interstate 280 at Energy Park Drive for a call that rolled over into a pond at 9:20 p.m. As fire crews went enroute, they were advised that the driver was trapped.

Engine 23 arrived to find the vehicle on its roof in several feet of water along the exit ramp from Northbound 280 onto Energy Park Drive. Police officers from St. Paul, the University of Minnesota and the Minnesota State Patrol were on scene as well and, at this time, it is unknown who freed the driver.

Firefighters packaged the man and he was transported by Medic 14 to an area hospital in serious condition. Other crews checked the water, which was waist deep in some areas, for any other occupants. Officers searched the surrounding areas as well.

Using Squad 2’s winch, the vehicle was rolled on its wheels and firefighters checked the water and vehicle for additional occupants.

According to the Minnesota State Patrol, the 32-year-old driver exited 280 for Energy Park Drive “at highway speeds” and rolled into the pond when he over corrected.

Assignment: Engine 23, Ladder 20, Squad 2, Medic 14, Chief 1

Stillwater, St. Charles Incidents Featured in National Magazines

November 28, 2010 Leave a comment

Two major incidents in Minnesota — a water rescue and a major commercial fire — were written up in national media publications this month.

Here in the metro, Lakeview EMS Paramedic Scott Tomek details the April 2008 water rescue response in the St. Croix River for the November issue of EMS World magazine.

Units from Stillwater fire and police departments, Lakeview EMS and the Washington County Dive Team coordinated efforts to locate and remove four occupants of vehicle that drove off land and into the river. Read how each agency played critical roles in removing the occupants from the vehicle submerged in 30 degree water.

“Preparing to do a final sweep of the vehicle, firefighter/diver Tim Bell … began to sweep the inside with his hand, he felt a leg. He pulled on it
and, to his surprise, the leg pulled back.”

Tomek shares the tactics deployed by EMS and fire crews and the lessons learned from the response.

In the November/December issue of the NFPA Journal, Stephen. G. Badger reports on the costliest fires in the U.S. for 2009. The April 2009 fire at the North Star Foods meat packing plant in St. Charles is listed in the top 10.

The fire, which destroyed the 30,000-square-foot facility, caused $50 million in damage.

According to the article, “Firefighters had trouble reaching the fire because of barriers and obstructions created by multiple ceilings and extensive piping between the ceilings.”

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