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Area First Responders were kept busy on Tuesday with multiple car accidents, fire alarms and a local dog that got himself into a tight jam!

Calls started coming into Tompkins County 911 around 7:30 a.m., the first was for a car into a pole in the 1200 block of Mecklenburg Road on West Hill, in the Town of Ithaca. A 67-year-old female drove off the road and hit a pole, she was taken to Cayuga Medical Center for her injuries by Bangs Ambulance.

Then, just after 8 a.m. a frantic call came into 911 for a dog stuck in a wall on Holly Creek Lane in the Town of Ithaca on the South Hill. “Reggie” was chasing rabbits when he piled head long into a stacked rock retaining wall and got his head jammed between two large stones. Firefighters brought up some heavy rigging equipment from the downtown station and reached out to the SPCA and Cornell Vet Medical Center for assistance. Just as they were about to start moving the stones, the lucky Husky made some moves and was able to liberate himself from his rocky incarceration.

He was returned to his owners ready to continue the hunt.

While the dog rescue was going on, other Ithaca Firefighters and Bangs Ambulance personnel responded to the 700 block of Elmira Road for a two-car accident. Occupants from one vehicle were uninjured but the driver of the second car and her daughter were transported to CMC for evaluation of their injuries.

As crews were returning down the hill from the dog rescue, another car crashed into a tree on Hudson Place in the City of Ithaca. Rescuers diverted to that location and were able to get the 30-year-old male out of the car with no injuries. A few other fire alarms came in as well to round out an active day for emergency responders.

Fire Officials remind everyone to wear their seatbelts and allow for more time to travel and drive slower during wintery conditions, and if your pooch is chasing rabbits….keep him on a short leash!

All images courtesy of the Ithaca Fire Department.


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