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Firefighters free two people trapped in vehicle after crash

Posted at 7:59 AM, May 09, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-09 08:15:28-04

First responders used extrication tools to free a woman from a vehicle after it crashed into a tree in North Tonawanda on Tuesday morning. A man in the vehicle was able to free himself before firefighters arrived.

Firefighters from the North Tonawanda Fire Department were first called to the scene on Tremont Street and Marion Street between 6:30 and 6:45 a.m. On arrival, they found a woman trapped in the vehicle and a man at the scene needing evaluation. Dozens of firefighters worked with extrication equipment to free the woman from the vehicle after more than half an hour.

Multiple doors were taken off the vehicle, the frame was cut near the windshield, and at least one car seat had to be removed. Firefighters say the woman's knee was stuck under the vehicle's dashboard, and they had to perform a maneuver known as a "dash push." The woman remained alert and oriented throughout extrication. They were concerned about glass and jagged metal possibly causing additional injury. Firefighters were able to safely remove her from the vehicle.

Following the extrication, the woman was transported by Twin City Ambulance to ECMC. It's unclear whether the man was transported for further treatment. He was evaluated at the scene. The cause of the crash is unknown.

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