Belmont Hills, Lower Merion Township, PA — At about 9:46 PM on Wednesday emergency responders from the Lower Merion Fire Department and Narberth Ambulance Medics were dispatched to the Schuylkill Expressway at Belmont Avenue for an accident with injuries.
“Station 22, Station 24, and Station 313, mile marker 337.3 on the Schuylkill Expressway an accident with injuries”, was how the call was dispatched by Montgomery County’s 911 emergency call center. While the units were in route, the dispatchers radioed the first responders that a four-month-old baby was involved in the order wreck.
Minutes later, the first truck from Belmont Hills arrived on the scene and reported that there were minor injuries. The four-month-old child was the only person needing a trip to the emergency department, and that was a precautionary measure for a checkup.
The four-month-old baby who was in a car seat was removed from the vehicle and placed on the side of the road with the fire crew to await Narberth’s medics. Medic unit 313-16 from Narberth ambulance arrived on the scene at 10 PM and transported the baby to an area hospital.
Dispatchers from the Montgomery County 911 center in Eagleville did not receive the initial emergency call. That call went to the Pennsylvania State police dispatch center.
Normally 911 calls received from the Expressway are routed to Montgomery County’s Eagleville facility. The Pennsylvania State police could have seen the accident on one of the many cameras installed along the Expressway by PennDOT. The other way for a call for help to bypass the County 911 center is if the caller dialed #911. That call would be routed directly to the Pennsylvania State police dispatch center.
Station 22 is the county designation for the Belmont Hills Fire Company; Station 24 is the designation for the Gladwyne Fire Company and Station 313 is the designation for Narberth Ambulance.
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