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UPDATED November 26, 2014 at 8:30 a.m.
Ropes used to rescue Milan man in truck
Versailles firefighters used a rope rescue to save a man entrapped in a vehicle after the pickup truck spun off the icy road. The accident occurred on Saturday at 4:13 a.m. on US 50 east of the state park entrance. The vehicle was over the guardrail, on its side, and hanging precariously against two trees on the edge of a 15 foot drop, according to the Versailles Fire Department report. The driver, Thomas J. Chandler, 45, of Milan, was pinned inside.
The road was extremely slick and covered with ice, and one fire truck slid 10 feet after the truck was parked. Chief Ben Sieverding reported they first secured the vehicle over the edge with chains, and two firefighters in full body harnesses were lowered on ropes to assess the driver to extricate. Firefighters used the hydraulic rescue tools to remove Chandler, and while hanging on these ropes, a harness was placed on him and he was loaded into a basket. Firefighters built a Z-Rig, using ropes and pulleys to raise the driver and rescuers from the hill. Firefighters Bryan Buchanan, Brian Jackson, Eric Grossman and J.R. Bennett assisted. “It was a team effort from all the firefighters and the EMS responders on the scene to make the rescue a success,” Sieverding said.
US 50 was closed for nearly four hours for the rescue and for the road to be salted by the state department of transportation. Besides the Versailles Fire Rescue, assisting was Rescue 69, Ripley Co. Medic, the sheriff’s office and Versailles Police Department.