Friday, November 14, 2014

Multiple Victims on Cadman Plaza West, After Two Accidents Near or On Brooklyn Bridge

Photos by MK Metz, McBrooklyn
Several fire engines and FDNY emergency vehicles responded to the scene of a two-car accident on Cadman Plaza West and the Brooklyn Bridge exit ramp at 9 p.m. Friday night.

It took more than an hour (almost an hour and a half) before the injured party (s) was taken by ambulance to Manhattan.


Details for those who care about the timing:

First accident occurred around 9 p.m.

Around 9:15 p.m., one of the responders was heard asking over the scanner where EMS was. They were told the ambulance was on its way.

At 9:20 p.m., an ambulance was observed coming from Manhattan over the Brooklyn Bridge towards the scene of the accident. The ambulance was momentarily caught in traffic, but made it to the exit shortly afterwards. The ambulance belonged to New York Presbyterian.

Other accidents and incidents across the borough were being handled by the system at the same time. At 9:28 p.m., dispatcher told services, "Unless you have a priority, please stand by."

At 9:29 p.m., dispatch reported another vehicular accident with injuries on the Brooklyn Bridge.

At 9:35 p.m., dispatch reported it was a four-car accident with injuries on the Brooklyn Bridge, and asked if any responders were available.

At 9:48 p.m., the NY Presbyterian ambulance was still parked on Cadman Plaza West, as were other emergency vehicles.

At 9:53 p.m., police asked dispatch, "What's the ETA (estimated arrival time) on the Brooklyn Bridge accident?" No response heard.

At 10:06, dispatch reported that the cars involved in the four-car accident with injuries on the Brooklyn Bridge would be driven off the bridge onto Cadman Plaza West.  The NY Presbyterian ambulance was still parked on Cadman.

At 10:15 p.m., police told dispatch, "We're at a standstill up here."

At 10:19 p.m., police told dispatch there was an accident involving an overturned car, location not heard. Police said the driver crawled out on her own, possibly needing stitches in her hand.

At 10:24 p.m., the NY Presbyterian ambulance was still parked on Cadman. Dispatch inquired about the Cadman accident and the four-car accident.

By 10:30 p.m., the NY Presbyterian ambulance had exited Cadman, more than an hour after the accident was originally reported. At that time, the four cars involved in the Brooklyn Bridge accident pulled into the same location onto Cadman.

At 10:39 p.m., dispatch reported an accident with injuries at Sterling and Rodgers.

 At 10:52 p.m., a responder working the Brooklyn Bridge accident told dispatch, "I'm going to need a flatbed."

At 11:33 p.m., dispatch inquired about the second victim in the Cadman Plaza West accident.

At 11:40 p.m., dispatch asked if a flatbed was still needed. Responder said yes.

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Anonymous said...

what's the point of these tweets?

mcbrooklyn said...

Sorry it wasn't clear! The idea was to show it took more than an hour (almost an hour and a half) before the injured party (s) were taken by ambulance to Manhattan.
All the little details were just to show the circumstances of the delay, as overheard on the police scanner.

Anonymous said...

Ok, so it took an hour and a half. There may have been a logistical reason (ie the person was trapped) or medical reason (stabilizing the person, or person refuses to go to the hospital), or some other reason for the delay. I was impressed by how quickly the ambulance arrived and that there were regular follow ups, especially because I was reading it expecting there to be a problem somewhere in the mix (or at least a LICH closure complaint by you). It all seemed fine and normal.

Anonymous said...

Waiting an hour for an ambulance to come to your aid & from another borough is not normal. And it is not acceptable. Every emergency room in Brooklyn is bursting at the seams since LICH was suffocated. An ambulance coming from Manhattan means that the hospitals in the area of Brooklyn were so packed they couldn't accept another one. Since you're expecting a LICH closure complaint, consider this to be mine.

Anonymous said...

Read the post again--the ambulance arrived relatively quickly (within about 5 minutes), but then didn't leave the scene of the accident (after it had arrived) for reasons unknown to the author.

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