“He did an outstanding job,” Beardsley said. “It freed me up to be eyes and ears on the ground and focus on safety.”
While Moyer took control of the overall incident, Lt. Craig Lampert was responsible for the extrication of the driver and Capt. Brian Gosse was in charge of emergency medical services, making sure that the 20 team members and staff got the treatment they needed.
He said it took about 35 minutes for eight firefighters using two sets of Jaws of Life cutting tools to rip through the metal framework around the windshield, remove the glass and get into the bus to treat the driver, who was conscious and alert during the operation.
As all this was going on, a Boston MedFlight helicopter was called to take the driver to a Boston hospital. State police closed down the northbound side of I-95 to allow the helicopter to land.
“They landed right near the accident,” he said. “They were on the ground for 20 minutes while crews were doing the extrication.”
Cars were detoured onto Route 133. Once the helicopter had taken off, one lane of the highway was reopened, allowing a single lane of cars to slowly stream past the scene.
In all, Beardsley said, there were 18 ambulances, 14 of which were used to take the teammates and their coaches to area hospitals, including Anna Jaques in Newburyport, Merrimack Valley in Haverhill and Beverly Hospital.
The team returned to Orono, Maine, yesterday afternoon after spending the night at the Fairfield Inn in Amesbury following their release from the various hospitals. Their game against Boston University, scheduled for last night, was canceled.