|Driver Rescued After Truck Crashes Into Ravine
On July 2, 2012 at 10:45pm, The Oaks Corners Fire Company & Phelps Ambulance were dispatched to
the corner of County Road 6 and Route 96 for a report of a vehicle off the road and over an embankment.
The initial caller indicated that the vehicle may be in the water at the bottom of a ravine. Oaks Corners
Chief Brian Maney arrived on scene and reported that a vehicle was on it's top at the bottom of a 70-foot
ravine. It was not known how many patients were in the vehicle or their condition.
Oaks Corners EMS Captain Fenner arrived on scene along with an EMT from Phelps Ambulance and they
were sent down the hill to check the vehicle. Phelps FD Asst. Chief Ron Nieskes was placed in charge of
accountability at the top of the hill due to the dangerous nature of the climb and the limited visibility due to
foliage. Deputy Chief Reifsteck was placed in charge of operations at the bottom of the hill. Engine 3211 &
Heavy Rescue 3272 arrived and directed their scene lighting down the hill. Rescue ropes were deployed
and a crew was sent to the bottom. Initial reports from the bottom indicated that a single occupant was still
in the vehicle and trapped.
Deputy Chief Reifsteck ordered stabilization equipment, extrication equipment, foam extinguishers, scene
lighting, and EMS equipment to be lowered down the ravine via rope & stokes baskets. Chief Maney
requested a heavy rescue from the Phelps Fire Department to assist with the rescue. Asst. Chief Rouse &
Phelps FD Lt. Pat Phillips ( and eventually Phelps Chief Dole) were placed in charge of the rope operation.
While this was in progress Asst. Chief Arnold was placed in charge of a crew to clear a trail just west of the
scene that led down to the bottom of the ravine. This would be used to transport equipment and eventually
Once it was apparent that it would be a long extrication process, Chief Maney requested an engine from
the City of Geneva FD to stand by at the Oaks Corners station. Geneva Engine 1112 responded and was
redirected to New York State Thruway Exit-42 to establish a landing zone for Mercy Flight. Due to the high
temperatures and the amount of physical labor involved, EMS Captain Fenner requested a Rehab sector
to be set up just west of the scene. Oaks Corners EMT Vicky Rouse was placed in charge of Rehab.
The patient was extricated and carried via the trail to the top of the hill at 12:02am. The patient was
transported to Strong Memorial Hospital by Mercy Flight.
The Oaks Corners Fire Company responded with Engine 3211, Heavy Rescue 3272, and a crew of 26 fire
& EMS responders under the direction of Chief Brian Maney.
Photos by OCFD Members