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Airbags Rescue Train Accident Victims

February 28, 2019

As wild as it sounds, in just the last week, two people have been struck by a light rail train in Phoenix. In both cases, the victims were pinned underneath the train and required the aid of firefighters and airbags, to lift it off.

Wednesday’s crash victim was yanked out from under the train alive. However, at the time he was in critical condition and rushed to a nearby trauma hospital. He remains there where he continues to be monitored.

But the truth is, this man might not have survived had it not been for the Phoenix Fire Department’s unique training.

For situations like this one, the department enlists one of its heavy rescue trucks. They send it to the crash site. During the Wednesday incident, it used Squad 44.

Their state-of-the-art airbag system runs off an air tank. With the simple push of a button, the airbag is able to lift a 50-ton object off a victim.

Captain Greg Hawk, with Phoenix Fire Heavy Rescue 44, complimented the airbag system by referring to it as simple, quick to operate, and he lauded it for its lifesaving capability.

At the scene of Wednesday’s collision, fire teams quickly inflated the bags and freed the victim in a mere seven minutes. That’s remarkable considering the weight of the train and the need for delicacy with the victim.

According to Hawk, the rescue was a huge success. He cited the overall efficiency and preparedness of the crew as the main reason. It’s no surprise the operation went smoothly as the crew now trains for these type of situations weekly.

Phoenix Fire went on to mention that the air bag system works equally well in the event of car accidents.

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