Saline Firefighters Use Jaws of Life to Free Pinned Driver on Pleasant Lake Road

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 03/15/2017 - 00:41
Deputy Fire Chief Charles Schaible helps a tow truck driver hitch a damaged pickup truck after a crash on Pleasant Lake Road Tuesday.

The Saline Area Fire Department responded to two crashes in Lodi Township Tuesday.

The most serious crash happened around 5:44 p.m. on Pleasant Lake Road.

An eastbound F-150 had just past Alber Road when the driver went off the road, crashed into a mailbox and utility pole and then came to a rest in field.

According to Saline Deputy Fire Chief Charles Schaible, the female driver of the pickup truck was pinned in the vehicle because the dash collapsed on her legs. Firefighters used the jaws of life to extricate the woman from the truck. She was transported to the University of Michigan Hospital.

The woman lost control of her truck on a portion of the road where snow drifted over the road and turned to ice.

At one point during the rescue effort, Lifeflight was alerted and on standby.

“This certainly could have turned out much worse,” Schaible said.

At approximately 11:15 a.m., Saline firefighters were dispatched to Wagner Road, near Ellsworth Road, for a head-on collision.

Fire Chief Craig Hoeft said three people were transported to hospital as a result of the collision. None of the injuries were critical, Hoeft said.

In this instance, it appeared that the driver of the car may have suffered a medical episode, crossed center and struck a pickup truck.

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