Shortly after 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 30, the Gladstone Volunteer Fire Department, Appomattox County Rescue Squad, Appomattox County Sheriff’s Office and the Virginia State Police were dispatched to a single vehicle accident on the 12000 block of Oakville Road (Route 26) near the Bent Creek community.

Crews arrived to find an SUV crashed into a tree with significant damage and an occupant trapped. The Appomattox Volunteer Fire Department was requested to assist with patient extrication and responded with Crash 9 and Crash Rescue 8.

Due to limited daytime staffing, EMS-trained firefighters with Gladstone Volunteer Fire Department were committed to extrication and not able to staff an ambulance, the fire department stated. Lynchburg Fire Department assisted with technical rescue assets and an Advanced Practice Paramedic.

The Appomattox Volunteer Fire Department stated that the patient was transported by ground to Lynchburg General Hospital with critical injuries. According to the Gladstone Volunteer Fire Department, a second patient with less severe injuries was transported by Delta Response Team.

At the time of this report, there are no updates on the critically injured patient’s status or information on what led to the crash. Virginia State Police is investigating the crash.

The Gladstone Volunteer Fire Department stated it is taking donations and seeking volunteers. It will hold meetings on the first Tuesday of every month starting in January at 7 p.m. following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s COVID-19 best practices and Gov. Ralph Northam’s orders.

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