On Saturday night, November 17th, 2018, at 9:56PM, North Oakland County Fire Authority was dispatched to a report of a roll over vehicle accident with two occupants entrapped and the vehicle on fire.
While en route to the incident they were advised that the Village of Holly Fire Department was also en-route due to some confusion of the exact location from the caller.
Upon arrival of North Oakland County Fire Authority, Captain/Paramedic Tim Seal reported a rolled over vehicle 100 ft. off the road with two occupants entrapped and the Village of Holly Fire Department on scene extinguishing the fire.
Once the fire was extinguished Firefighters were faced with a very challenging disentanglement of two occupants.
Firefighter paramedics worked inside the dangerously compromised vehicle while firefighters with assistance from MSP Troopers and the Village of Holly Police Department performed the disentanglement . The first occupant and driver of the vehicle, a 22-year-old man, of Clarkston, was removed within twenty minutes from the time of call by firefighters and transported by the Village of Holly Advanced Life Support Ambulance to the hospital.
The second occupant, who has been identified as 20-year-old Jacob Veeder, of Waterford, was severely entrapped in the passenger side of the vehicle up against two trees.
Members of both fire departments worked seamlessly together with firefighter paramedics inside the vehicle rendering care to disentangle the second occupant. The second occupant was removed within twenty minutes after the first occupant. Groveland Township Fire Department assisted with an Advance Life Support ambulance to transport Jake with assistance from North Oakland County Firefighter Paramedics.
Firefighters used the Jaws of Life, Lifting air bags, Res-Q-Jacks, cribbing and a high level of skill to perform the disentanglement.
Overall there were three Fire Departments and twenty two firefighters performing a very difficult extrication requiring all hands working.
Both occupants were transported in critical condition. The driver of the vehicle was pronounced dead at the hospital and the passenger, Jake Veeder, remains in critical condition in Hurley Hospital’s burn unit.
A third occupant, a 17-year-old girl, who was out of the vehicle upon arrival, refused medical transport to the hospital and denied any injuries.
The North Oakland County Fire Authority extends their thoughts and prayers to the families of the victims and with all Paramedics, Police Officers and Firefighters involved in this incident.
They also would like to thank their surrounding departments for their assistance during a very demanding run
A Go Fund Me account has been established to assist the family in the mounting medical bills for Jake Veeder’s care. Since Jake is 20 years old he is eligible for Medicaid but not all costs are paid for by Medicaid and it is unknown if car insurance will assist in paying the bills. If you would like to contribute to that fund, Please Click Here.