The collision happened on the corner of East Tupper and Ellicott Streets in downtown Buffalo at around 12 o'clock Thursday afternoon.
Witnesses report seeing a female driver of a white Dodge Intrepid driving about 50 miles-per-hour. They say she ran a red light before slamming straight into a UPS semi-truck. Emergency crews were on the scene within minutes. The front end of the woman's car was pinned under the truck. Witnesses said even though gas was spewing out of the car the driver didn't want to get out. They knew they had to act fast.
"Gasoline was pouring so my immediately thought was like, get her out of there before the car blow up! Then as I was trying to snatch her out...she was very disoriented. I was like you got to get out the car! Get out now!" said Tonya Pickett-Stewart, who helped rescue the 26-year-old driver.
"I just took off! Ran right to the car. There was another gentleman with me and the lady didn't want to come out at first then we told her okay you gotta get out of here, the car might explode! She was willing to get up and everything...very distraught, very. We carried her from the car to the sidewalk, placed her down and she still was out of it. She didn't really know what was going on," said Jihad Hassan, who also helped rescue the woman.
Emergency crews on the scene secured the woman in a neck brace. From what our cameras captured she had a busted lip. Both drivers were taken to ECMC. The accident is under investigation.