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Clearfield Hospital treats patients following chain-reaction crash
Reported By: Erin Calandra
Written By: Marc Stempka
CLEARFIELD, Pa. -- Clearfield Hospital had to overcome some staffing challenges of their own after a 50-vehicle chain-reaction crash required more than a dozen people to be evaluated in their emergency room in Clearfield County.
Clearfield Hospital officials said 16 patients needed medical treatment following the pile up Wednesday morning along Interstate 80 in Bradford Township, just east of Clearfield. Police said icy conditions on the highway at about 6 a.m. were the main cause of the crash.
Clearfield Hospital's Dr. Doug Stern said patients ranged from their early 20s to late 70s, and even included a dog.
"Some of the most severe patients we've seen were blunt force trauma, some head injuries, some extremity injuries, broken bones, so we've seen some pretty sick people," Stern said.
Officials said all those injured in the crash, expect one, were treated at Clearfield Hospital. The other person was taken to an area trauma center in serious condition.
In addition to an influx of patients, many members of the hospital staff were not able to make it to work on time because of the icy road conditions, Stern said.
That required hospital officials to call those who live the closest to come in to work and also required some staffers to stay late, even working a 17-hour day, to treat patients.
"We called all the people close by to the hospital because the people we were trying to get in this morning that lived any distance away at all had difficulty getting in here," Stern said. "So anyone who lives close to the hospital got called in early."
Crews at the crash scene brought a school bus of people to the hospital to be evaluated, officials said. Only one patient has been admitted to stay overnight at the hospital, the other patients have been treated and released.