MAYPEARL- Four people were transported to the hospital as a result of a single-vehicle rollover that happened in the 6800 block of Farm-to-Market 66 on Monday evening. First responders received the call at 5:21 p.m.
All four occupants of the three-quarter-ton Dodge pickup truck were thrown from the vehicle, Maypearl Fire Chief Trey Moon said. Three of the occupants where thrown away from the vehicle while the fourth became trapped underneath the vehicle’s cab as it rolled.
While en route the Maypearl police officers advised a person was trapped underneath the vehicle, so the fire department called to have an air ambulance on standby. After arriving on scene the helicopter was launched, Moon said.
Assistance was requested from the Waxahachie Fire Department for its ladder truck, which has specialized rescue equipment onboard for lifting vehicles or heavy objects. Waxahachie responded to the call with the ladder truck, a fire engine and the chief’s emergency vehicle.
A ram was used to lift the back of the truck 50 or 60 inches. Rescue airbags were used to stabilize the vehicle while firefighters moved the passenger out from beneath the vehicle. The airbags also prevented the truck from sliding during the extrication, which took about 40 minutes to complete.
Three of the passengers were transported by air ambulance to Parkland Hospital in Dallas. A family member transported the fourth in a personal vehicle to an area hospital. Firefighters were on scene for two hours. Also providing assistance on the call were members of East Texas EMS, Air Evac Lifeteam, PHI Air Medical and State Troopers with the Texas Department of Public Safety. DPS is investigating the accident.