BANGOR – As the medical command center for the pileup crash on I-95 in Carmel, Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center was prepared for the worst.
Doctors confirmed that from the chain reaction crash on the highway Tuesday morning, eleven people were taken to the Bangor hospital.
“What we showed today is that a legion of people are here to work for them and together care for them when they need us most,” said Dr. James Jarvis, the senior vice president and senior physician executive for Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center.
Speaking to the media Tuesday afternoon, Jarvis said the patients they received have mostly minor injuries. And though one of the patients had to be flown to the hospital, he said none of the injuries they saw were life threatening.
“Most of them were just minor scrapes and bruises, things like that, one individual we are aware did have a fracture,” he said.
According to Jarvis, a couple other people were taken to different area hospitals.
Doctors practice for instances likes this, and while they had rooms cleared for emergency surgery, on Tuesday they did not need them.
“When we initially heard the numbers of the cars involved and we had people on site who shared with us photographs we were concerned we would have … more severe injuries and thankfully that was not the case,” said Jarvis. “I think some of that is a credit to first responders who got there almost immediately.”
It’s the most patients coming from one incident he has seen. But before Jarvis took on his role, there was a similar chain reaction incident in February 2015 on the highway in nearby Etna.
“I think the whole county learned something from that one so we had a big after action review,” said Bangor Asst. Fire Chief Chandler Corriveau of the 2015 Etna crash.
The Bangor fire officials our news team spoke with were not called to Carmel Tuesday, but said from their experience years ago in Etna they learned a lot about how to respond to incidents like this.
“You need to triage it and start identifying your priorities…we came up with a whole bunch of criteria that if it ever happened again, things we would hopefully do better the next time,” said Corriveau. “So I‘m sure they’ll do an after action review for this one as well.”