Lack of seat belts leaves 1 seriously injured in Wetmore collision

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Lack of seat belts leaves 1 seriously injured in Wetmore collision

By Shelby Payne. CREATED Jul 21, 2014 - UPDATED: Jul 21, 2014

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Northwest Fire Disctrict responded to a car accident in the 2400 block of West Wetmore Road after a car lost control hitting a tree and a parked truck.

The passenger, an 18-year-old woman, was trapped inside the small Honda sedan causing firefighters to use the "Jaws of Life" to free her from the car. She was transported to the trauma center at UAMC by ambulance in serious but stable condition.

The driver, an 18-year-old man, was out of the car upon rescue arrival but did have minor injuries.

Northwest Fire Captain Adam Goldberg says both occupants were not wearing a seatbelt.

The sedan left the road for an undetermined reason and struck a large mesquite tree and then collided with a parked pick-up truck closing Wetmore Road while the Pima County Sheriff's Department investigated the scene.

Wetmore Road has reopened since the accident.

Northwest Fire District reminds everyone that seatbelts reduce injury and save lives. Seatbelts should be used all the time, regardless of being of surface streets or highways.


Shelby Payne

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Shelby joins KGUN9 straight from Arizona State University where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communication from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.