This photograph shows arrows 2 and 4 a little better. The bottom arrow points to paint markings on the sidewalk indicating tire tread for point of entry onto the sidewalk and the second arrow indicated debris as the jeep traveled down the walk. The arrow in the center of the photo indicated the building struck by the jeep. Somehow he managed to travel a distance in a straight line before striking the building in just the right location to bring it down.
The above photograph is the auto struck before the bridge by the jeep.
This was the scene when I arrived in Shippensburg. What you will not see is photograph of the victims or any part of them. For FD purposes those photos could have been taken by me but out of respect for the deceased and there family I have never felt right doing so and make a conscious effort to not have that in the photo.
Upon the Shippensburg Fire Departments arrival firefighters began removing the mass amount of limestone from the jeep to gain access to the patients. At the same time personnel had to enter the Sentinel office to insure everyone was evacuated and that a rescue effort would not be necessary in that location also. Besides these details utilities had to be controlled along with the potential for fire or additional collapse. I do not have a timeline on this but from sitting at home listening the volunteers accomplished this task in a quick and efficient manner.
Once determining that both patients were deceased and hazards were controlled a game plan was established that included calling Cumberland County Team 500 for technical rescue. There job would be to shore up the building and lift the center steel beam enough to remove the vehicle from the structure safely.
Firefighters finish cribbing up to the building and installing air bags to lift the beam from the jeep.
The limestone structure was attached to another one that created addition worries. Tape was placed on the opening between the two that was created when the collapse occurred. A safety person was appointed to watch this tape as work progressed to insure additional movement didn't occur.
The above photograph is firefighter Jamie White, Jamie assumed the operations role for the incident. Tomorrow I will bring you part 2 (of 2) that involves the actual lift and removal of the jeep along with the outcome of the incident. I want tip my hat the Shippensburg Fire Department, they are highly trained and always rise to the occasion. I listened to the initial phases of the incident before responding and they sounded professional. Shippensburg is blessed to have so many active well trained volunteers in it's community that are second to none. I for one am proud to have come from Shippensburg and thankful they gave me the skills to do it for a living. The SFD has truly earned the right to carry the slogan "No Body Does It Better". It was a hard day for shooting photos also, harsh bright sun and reflective surfaces, often shooting into the sun and jockeying for a position to get a photo made it difficult. If you look at this site but have never seen my other site visit "Shippensburg Fire and EMS History" for a daily history of the SFD and surrounding area.