MERRITT ISLAND, Florida - Two adults and one child escaped serious injury Friday afternoon June 29 after a near head-on collision left one vehicle overturned and another in a ditch in south Merritt Island. All three patients received minor injuries and were transported in stable condition to Cape Canaveral Hospital.
“Arriving on scene and seeing the damage to the vehicles, I expected to have seriously injured patients to triage and care for,” said Lt. Richard Connor. “Everyone was very fortunate to walk away from this accident with minor injuries.”
Brevard County Fire/Rescue units were dispatched at 2:39 pm to the scene near the intersection of S. Courtenay Parkway and Two Oaks Boulevard in Merritt Island.
When emergency crews arrived they reported two vehicles were involved in the accident, a Ford Ranger (overturned) and a Pontiac Firebird (in the ditch).
The Ford Ranger was occupied by a mother and son and had come to rest upside down in the middle of the roadway. At first, the crew expected extrication to be complicated due to the damage the vehicle had sustained and because of the driver’s position in the vehicle. Further investigation by firefighters revealed that removal of the her seatbelt allowed them to reposition and free her.
As well, the crew was able to use hydraulic tools to open the passenger door and remove the child.
The Firebird also sustained heavy front-end damage and left the roadway coming to rest in the ditch. Crews used hydraulic tools to open the driver's door and free him also.
S. Courtenay Parkway was closed for more than an hour.