Motor Vehicle Collision - Lambs Meadow Road, Worton
Saturday, October 2, 2021
On Wednesday, September 29, 2021, at 12:36 pm, the Chestertown Volunteer Fire Company, Kent & Queen Annes Rescue Squad, Kent County EMS, and multiple mutual aid companies were dispatched to Lambs Meadow Road (Maryland 298) and St. James-Newtown Road for the Motor Vehicle Collision – High Velocity – Reported as Head-On with Fire & Entrapment. First arriving found a two-vehicle, head-on type collision with two patients.
One patient had been partially ejected, but was still partially trapped and unconscious. Prior to the arrival of emergency resources, a Good Samaritan had extinguished a small fire in that vehicle. The second patient was conscious and had self-extricated from their vehicle.
When our Engine 6 arrived, the crew went to work on the vehicle with the trapped patient. They removed the vehicle’s roof and performed a dash-roll. This procedure pushes the dash & steering wheel up and away from entrapped patients. With aviation requested for the unconscious patient, Maryland State Police Trooper 1 was making its way to the crash scene from the western shore. After EMS had evaluated the second patient, as a precaution, the decision was made to also airlift this patient to a trauma center. The second helicopter was provided by Delaware State Police Aviation.
The first patient, a female, was airlifted by Maryland State Police Aviation to the R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, Maryland with life-threatening injuries. The second patient, a male, was airlifted by Delaware State Police Aviation to the Trauma Center at Christiana Hospital in Christiana, Delaware. The conditions of these patients is not known at the time of this writing, late Wednesday evening.
Two L.Z.’s (Landing Zones) were used for this incident. One L.Z. was just south of the incident, with a second engine from the Chestertown VFC handling safety & security. The second L.Z. was just north of the incident, with safety & security handled by Rescue Engine 4 (Kennedyville VFC).
The road was immediately closed and remained so for an extended period while the Maryland State Police Crash Reconstruction Unit investigated. The State Highway Administration – Maryland Department of Transportation responded and assumed responsibility for the closure and subsequent detour. Unfortunately, Lambs Meadow Road (Maryland 298) is a major artery for school buses transporting Kent County High School students to/from Rock Hall and the lower end of Kent County. With the investigation extending beyond school dismissal, closure of this artery created a significant transportation challenge for the school system. We suggest contacting the school system to see what the impact was and the measures they took to detour buses around this incident.
Companies & Agencies dispatched:
Kent & Queen Annes Rescue Squad
Galena VFC (from the hospital with a Kent County paramedic)
Maryland State Police – Patrol
Maryland State Police - Crash Reconstruction Unit
Maryland State Police – Aviation
Delaware State Police Aviation
Kent County Sheriff’s Office
Kent County Fire Police
State Highway Administration – Maryland Department of Transportation