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Firefighters rescue man pinned under cement truck for two hours

By Alpert Schreyer on April 13, 2017

Cement truckOn Mar. 16, as reported in the Capital Gazette, firefighters in Anne Arundel County worked for nearly two hours to rescue the driver of a cement truck who had become trapped and pinned in the wreckage of his vehicle after it overturned.

The scene

According to reports, firefighters and emergency personnel were called to the accident scene at Forest Glen and West drives off Mountain Road in Pasadena at 2:20 in the afternoon where they encountered a cement truck that had overturned and collided with a utility pole.

The driver of the truck, identified as Thomas George Buettner, 64, of Pasadena, was pinned beneath the wreckage, officials said. Damage to the pole and downed power lines further complicated and delayed the rescue effort, which got underway once the Baltimore Gas and Electric Company secured power.

The rescue effort

It took nearly two hours and the aid of two 50-ton tow trucks to free Buettner from the wreckage. He was then airlifted to a Baltimore hospital with injuries that officials characterized as serious but not life-threatening.

Rescue workers acknowledged that the prolonged rescue operation put Buettner at greater risk, but doctors from a shock trauma team were on the scene monitoring him during the course of the rescue operation. “We (…) had to work around the pole, downed wires and remnants of the truck cab where he was pinned. We had to cut metal and lift some of the weight off him,” according to county fire spokesman Capt. Russ Davies.

Asa a result of the accident, 15 homes were left without power for a period of time, the Gazette reported.
Luckily, the driver of the cement truck was able to be rescued and transported to safety, and no one else was involved in this crash. If you or a loved one have been injured in an accident that was the result of another person’s negligence, you may have grounds for a personal injury lawsuit. Call the experienced personal injury attorneys at Alpert Schreyer, LLC for your free case evaluation. We will listen to you, review your case, and fight for your rightful compensation.


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