'GO-TEAM' responds to icy highway pile-up Saturday; Several victims remain hospitalized
BALTIMORE (WBFF) -- When police agencies were flooded with 911 calls about the I-95 accident on Saturday, staff at the University of Maryland Shock Trauma went into action as well.
“We put all the operating rooms on hold, we emptied out our resuscitation unit and moved existing patients to other places” said Dr. Thomas Scalea, Physician-in-Chief at the Shock Trauma Center.
Ten of the most serious patients from the crash were brought to Shock Trauma. By Monday, three remained in critical condition.
Dr. Gerard Slobogean, an orthopedic trauma surgeon, was sent as part of the 'GO-TEAM' directly to the crash site.
"The first visions I have of course, are of tractor trailers everywhere, vehicles under those trailers and the significant amount of ice and the providers even having difficulty getting around the scene navigating the ice," Dr. Slobogean said.
Another member of the ‘GO-TEAM’, Matt Belzak, a Certified R.N. anesthetist, explained how efforts were complicated due to the ice.
He said, "everything as simple as carrying the patient to the ambulance suddenly becomes a giant challenge, when you look at an average man, 200 pounds, trying to move him over a jersey wall that is covered in ice, without dropping him on the ground becomes much more challenging."
Dr. Scalea says the quick work at the scene made a big difference; "it’s really wonderful that were able to get everybody out, we were able to get everybody here and everybody that go here is alive!"
On Monday officials raised the number of vehicles involved from 67 to 68.
MDTA Police are asking any witnesses of the crash, or anyone who was involved, to call 410-537-1208.