A crash on Orchard Drive temporarily closed the rail line running through Chambersburg Thursday afternoon. A car went down an embankment and hit a tree at the side of the tracks. The driver was trapped inside, seriously injured. Chambersburg Fire Department first responders arrived on the scene shortly after 2:15 p.m. They found the vehicle’s only occupant trapped inside.
Firefighters deployed a 1 3/4-inch hand line across the railroad tracks near the Orchard Avenue crossing. Officials asked CSX to shut the tracks down while rescuers worked to get the man out of the car.
The vehicle was in a tree down an embankment and the occupant “heavily entrapped.” Tree branches almost entirely covered the car.
Engine 1-1 arrived on the scene and immediately began stabilizing and extrication work. Ambulance 1-8’s crew requested aeromedical to the scene. Rescuers freed the man in 11 minutes and rushed him to a waiting Life Lion medical evacuation helicopter. Life Lion took him to Holy Spirit Hospital in Camp Hill.
After Life Lion successfully lifted off, all crews wrapped up and went available.