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Jaws Of Life Used To Extricate Person After Car Crashes Near House In Danbury

A look at the crash scene in Danbury.
A look at the crash scene in Danbury. Photo Credit: Danbury Fire Department

A person had to be extricated from a vehicle that was seriously damaged after crashing into several objects before landing just a few feet from a house in Danbury.

Police units arrived first on West Street near Pleasant Street just east of I-84 early Saturday morning, April 6 to find one victim entrapped in a car, and a second person who had gotten out of the vehicle, said James Gagliardo, public information officer of the Danbury Fire Department.

Fire units arriving shortly after, working under the command of Deputy Chief Bernie Meehan, found that a small convertible had struck a telephone pole, a wooden fence, a mailbox, a sign, a steel pole, two stonewalls, and then finally came to rest against a small tree near a house. 

Using the Hurst Jaws of Life, firefighters removed the passenger door and then had to use other Hurst Tools to disentangle the victim’s legs from the crushed floorboard, Gagliardo said. 

The front tire was impaled into the floorboard, further challenging the rescue. In short order, however, this victim was extricated, and placed into the care of Danbury EMS, according to Gagliardo.

The second victim was transported to the hospital by a second ambulance. The Danbury Police Department then conducted their investigation.

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