Canton Volunteer Firefighters/EMTS Carve Path Through Onion Mountain to Locate Victims of Plane Crash

Approximately 27 members assisted at scene.

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Approximately 27 members of Canton Volunteer Fire & EMS Department responded to the town’s first plane crash in memory.

Canton volunteer firefighters/EMTs spent a long, cold night Monday into the early morning hours Tuesday, locating then extricating the two victims of a single engine airplane that crashed on Onion Mountain. 

While firefighters/EMTs searched the Mountain on foot, state police helicopter Trooper 1, searched overhead. Once Trooper 1 located the wreckage, they guided the ground crews to it. The wreckage was found about a 30-minute hike up the Mountain. 

Using chain saws, flashlights and other hand held equipment, firefighters cut an access road through the heavily wooded and rocky hillside, onto the scene. The Department’s ATV was used to shuttle crews and equipment to and from the base of the Mountain.

Canton firefighters /EMTs stayed into the night to extricate the victims from the wreckage and remove them from the woods and into the Medical Examiner's van, waiting at the base of the Mountain.


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