A 17-year-old girl was extricated from the backseat of a sedan late Wednesday evening by firefighters using the Jaws of Life. The girl was trapped after the car hit a light pole following a two-vehicle crash.
At about 11:52 p.m., firefighters were dispatched to Hostetter Road and Flickinger Avenue on a report of a traffic collision, according to San Jose fire Capt. Rob Brown.
Firefighters arrived at the scene and found that a minivan and a sedan had collided, resulting in the sedan hitting a nearby light pole. Apparently, the passenger’s side of the sedan became wrapped around the pole after the T-bone crash and trapped the 17-year-old girl in the backseat of the car.
“The bottom part of the vehicle was pushed up and wrapped around her foot,” Brown said.
The teenager was trapped inside the wrecked car for about 40 minutes, according to Brown.
Using the Jaws of Life as well as other extrication tools, firefighters “gently peel the metal away from her foot,” Brown said.
The driver of the minivan, the driver of the sedan and the teenage passenger were transported to a local trauma center, Brown said, but the extent of their injuries remains unknown.