UPDATED: Firefighter Hit By Tree Limb, Flown to Shock Trauma

A volunteer firefighter was injured as he was attempting to free a patient trapped in a vehicle after an accident.

UPDATE (3:45 p.m.) — A volunteer firefighter was flown to shock trauma this morning after being struck by a tree limb, according to police and fire officials.

The firefighter was hurt while trying to free an individual trapped in a sports utility vehicle after an accident near Cromwell Bridge and Satyr Hill Roads, according to Elise Armacost, a spokeswoman for the fire department.

The driver of the Ford Explorer was headed eastbound on Cromwell Bridge road when he lost control of his truck and ended up in a ditch, officials said. Emergency crews were called to the scene at 9:39 a.m.

As fire crews were lowering a ladder down to the vehicle, some tiny branches came loose from a tree, according to fire officials. Crews then stopped moving the ladder to avoid an accident.

At 10:25 a.m., a branch between 3 and 4 inches in diameter fell from the top of the tree and struck 22-year-old Michael Murphy from Squad 303 of Lutherville Volunteer Fire Company as he attempted to free the man trapped in the Explorer, officials said.

The firefighter was struck in the head, but was wearing all his protective gear, including a helmet, at the time he was hit. Officials said he was conscious at the time he was taken to R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center by helicopter.

"We don't believe the injuries are life-threatening at this point," Armacost said of the firefighter.

The driver of the Explorer was also taken by ambulance to Shock Trauma.

Stay with Patch for updates.

Heidi March 07, 2012 at 03:37 AM
Very pleased with the response time on this story. Any update on the driver or the condition of the firefighter? Thank you!
Tyler Waldman March 07, 2012 at 01:28 PM
Hi Heidi, The firefighter was treated and released yesterday afternoon. I don't have any updates on the driver at the moment.
Cindy March 07, 2012 at 04:36 PM
It appears that the red Ford Explorer is in a ditch that is bordered by guardrails; any idea how he ended up on the other side of them ?
Heidi March 08, 2012 at 10:59 PM
Thanks Tyler!


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