Windsor Firefighter Jumps From Overpass To Avoid Tractor-Trailer

February 20, 2013

in News

Staff Report

A Windsor firefighter was injured jumping off a overpass on Interstate 91 to avoid being hit by a tractor-trailer early Wednesday morning.

Firefighter Molly Wood, of Windsor, suffered a broken right ankle and deep bruises after she jumped the guardrail and fell about 25 feet onto County Road, according to Windsor Fire Chief Mark Kirko. Wood and fellow Windsor firefighter Cory Austin were responding to two vehicles which crashed into the guardrail near mile marker 58 in Windsor due to icy conditions around 2:15 a.m. Shortly after, a tractor-trailer driven by Jan Fournier of Quebec lost control and slid toward Austin, Wood and one of the drivers. Austin and the driver headed north and jumped over the guardrail and onto the ground a short distance below. Wood had to jump onto County Road below to avoid being pinned between the tractor-trailer and the guardrail, Kirko said.

Later, two more tractor-trailers crashed into each other to avoid the accident. Wood, a four-year veteran of the Windsor Fire Department, was taken to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center where she was treated for her injuries.

“She’s going to be on bed rest for a while, but she’s expected to make a full recovery,” Kirko said. “it was either that or get crushed between the tractor-trailer and the guardrail — she took the right choice as unfortunate as it may be.”

Two of the drivers were taken to Mt. Ascutney for minor injuries.

State police closed the northbound side of I-91 from exits 8 and 9 until about 7 a.m.

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kat May 7, 2013 at 10:21 am

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Lieutenant Frederick Georges February 23, 2013 at 9:58 pm

Firefighter Wood,

I am sad to know you have been injured in the line of duty but grateful you are not among this years LODD’s. I pray you have a speedy recovery.
Respectfully,
Lieutenant Frederick Georges
N.S.V.F.A./Orleans Nebraska Fire and Rescue-Retired

Louise February 23, 2013 at 3:07 pm

Glad to know everyone will be o.k. Mark Kirko take good care of those firefighters…you know you are all special to me!

lisa February 21, 2013 at 6:02 pm

So proud of your strength and courage Molly!!! Love you and get well soon! Call me when can.

Eric February 20, 2013 at 5:26 pm

I’m glad Molly Wood is going to be okay. I am grateful there are brave people like these firefighters who place themselves in danger to help the rest of us. I don’t know you, Molly Wood, but thank you for what you do!

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