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Calls come in bunches for BFD

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By John Barnhart

    Bedford’s fire department answered three calls in quick succession the day after Christmas. All three were unrelated and within a couple hundred yards of each other.
    According to Bedford Fire Chief Brad Creasy, it started when they got a call about a man who was pinned between a vehicle and a dumpster. The truck that responded to that call came upon a wreck, a matter of yards away, that had happened just seconds before the truck got there.
    Creasy said that while units were en route, they got a call for a person who had fallen and was unresponsive. This person happened to be next door to where the man who had been pinned against the dumpster was.
    “One of our trucks diverted to that,” Creasy said.
    The morning of Jan. 5 was even busier, although these calls weren’t in close proximity to each other.
    “Yesterday morning was quite busy with the ice,” Creasy said in a Monday morning phone interview.
    Rain plus freezing temperatures coated streets and roads with ice Sunday morning and Creasy said this kept crews busy for an hour.
    Creasy said most accidents were without injury. They had one case of entrapment on Washington Street, in Bedford, in front of Overstreet’s Cities Services. A car had flipped over and the driver was trapped inside.
    “All town streets were very, very icy,” Creasy said.
    The same was true of U. S. 460 east and west of Bedford. Creasy said accidents on that highway included a three-car crash at Little Otter Bridge.
    In all, the Bedford Volunteer Fire Department responded to 13 motor vehicle accidents Sunday morning.
    There were numerous incidents throughout the county.
    Among Sunday morning’s crashes was one involving a Virginia State Trooper.
    According to a release from VSP, the crash occurred just after 6 a.m. on Route 24 one mile east of Goodview Road in Bedford County.
    The preliminary investigation revealed that the trooper was responding to a motor vehicle crash with injuries when his police cruiser slid on some black ice that was on a bridge and caused him to lose control of his 2010 Ford Crown Victoria striking a guard rail before traveling down an embankment. Trooper Andrew Dayes was wearing a safety belt and he was not injured, the release stated. His police cruiser was totaled in the crash, however.
    No further information is available regarding the crash which remains under investigation at this time.