Woman survives remarkable crash despite not wearing seatbelt
Crews were forced to use the Jaws of Life to remove the roof of the vehicle. During the extrication, a paramedic gained access through a window and began treating the patient
CREATED Apr. 20, 2013
Web Producer: Taylor Higgins
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - A woman suffered serious, but non-life-threatening injuries despite not wearing her seatbelt and crashing her vehicle on the highway early Saturday morning.
Firefighters and emergency medical personnel responded to Interstate 10, near Sunset Road, just after 2:00 a.m. Saturday following a single-vehicle car accident, according to Capt. Adam Goldberg with the Northwest Fire District.
Goldberg tells KGUN9 that crews discovered that a four-door sedan became tangled in vehicle restraint cables after crashing into the median.
The cable restraint system is made up of several large-diameter cables that prevent vehicles from traveling into oncoming lanes, thus preventing a possible head-on collision, according to Goldberg.
The cables prevented paramedics from opening any of the doors to the vehicle. Therefore, crews were forced to use the Jaws of Life to remove the roof of the vehicle, Goldberg said.
During the extrication, a paramedic gained access through a window and began treating the patient, according to Goldberg.
Once crews were able to remove the patient from the vehicle, she was transported to the hospital in serious, but stable condition.
Goldberg says she was not wearing her seatbelt at the time of the accident. He wishes to remind drivers to always wear their seatbelts while traveling on highways and roadways.
The Arizona Department of Public Safety responded to the scene to conduct an investigation into the cause of the accident.