Carrollton Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched 1743 Thursday 27 June 2013 to a reported "multi-vehicle collision, unknown injuries" near the draw span on the James River Bridge. Carrollton VFD units Rescue-10 and Medic-11 responded with all-volunteer crews. First arriving unit reported "moderate damage to three vehicles and one patient with minor injury." Newport News Fire Department was alerted for rescue because the blockage of both northbound lanes of the bridge prevented passage of M-11 to the nearest trauma center. R-10 and M-11 crews extricated and stabilized one vehicle occupant as two Virginia State Police units and an Isle of Wight Sheriff's Deputy arrived to initiate traffic control, vehicle recovery and reporting protocols. Initial assessment by VSP indicated the vehicle with trailer had lost control on the southbound lift span grid deck and crossed over onto the northbound span forcing the second vehicle also into the northbound lanes. VSP officer on scene stated it was "a miracle" that no head-on collisions resulted as the two vehicles careened into oncoming traffic. NNFD ambulance and fire unit arrived to control traffic in the southbound lane and to transport the patient. NNFD ambulance crossed over onto the northbound span and the patient was loaded and transported. One damaged car was removed from the southbound lane opening the bridge to southbound traffic and Carrollton crews remained on the northbound span to assist with scene clean-up and vehicle recovery. Wreckers from Dave's Auto, American Auto Welding and Knox Auto arrived to clear damaged vehicles. All Carrollton VFD units were cleared from the scene to return to service at 1850 and the bridge was reopened for northbound travel about 30 minutes later.

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