The photos and cutlines to this story are courtesy of Fire Chief Kevin Breen who lives near the accident scene
Swampscott Fire Chief Kevin Breen was off duty and at home when he heard the loud crash nearby on Paradise Road at Berkshire Street.
Outside, in the road, were two disabled SUVs. The front-left of one SUV was ripped away, its wheel knocked free, and the vehicle's airbag deployed. The driver was inside.
The fire chief and a visitor, an off-duty Worcester Fire Department member, stabilized the driver of the SUV until Swampscott firefighters arrived, the fire chief said.
The Swampscott firefighters arrived to the two-vehicle accident shortly after they were called at 12:45 p.m.
They responded with an engine and ladder truck, said Swampscott fire Capt. Kevin Thompson. Atlantic Ambulance and paramedics arrived to the scene, as well.
Firefighters cut the vehicle's roof to free the driver.
Crews placed him on a backboard and transported him by ambulance to Salem Hospital, the captain said.
The man was conscious and alert. He had cuts and was complaining of pain, the captain said.
Swampscott police were on the scene, diverting and directing traffic.
The SUV was towed from the scene.
There were three people in the other vehicle, another white SUV.
All of them said they were OK, he said.
The collision points on the vehicles indicated that the two SUVs were traveling in opposite directions on Paradise Road when they collided.