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First responders describe crash where teen was trapped for hours

7 years 10 months 2 days ago Monday, May 02 2016 May 2, 2016 May 02, 2016 6:51 PM May 02, 2016 in News
Source: WBRZ

DENHAM SPRINGS -  After a long rescue, one driver is alive despite what could have been a deadly crash.

Most say a picture is worth a thousand words, and often times many would agree especially when you come across a photo captivating first responders trying to save a teenage girl trapped in an overturned vehicle.

An emotional moment, first responder Drew King described to us over the phone.

"We had never seen anything like that before that was very unique," said Acadian paramedic Drew King. "You probably have a better chance at winning the powerball than ever seeing something like that again."

State police and the District 4 fire department were one of the first ones to arrive on scene to a single car crash involving two juveniles.

The Livingston Sheriff office also assisted first responders once they'd learn a teenager driver was trapped.

"I've seen stuff that bad before, but not like the outcome we've had ... she was able to walk away from it and that don't happen often," said District 4 Deputy Chief Trey Jackson.

With two fire trucks and more than a dozen first responders, fire officials say it took about 4 hours to remove the victim from the vehicle.

Deputy Chief Jackson says it was the most time consuming rescue he'd seen in 17 years.

 "Everything we've tried to do mother nature was against it in every way," said Deputy Chief Jackson as he describes the way the vehicle was positioned. "It was kind of wrapped around her and ... we've tried to move she would scream in pain, so it was a tedious process because she was alert and oriented."

And after four hours of working through the rain, it was a feeling of relief once they were finally able to rescue the driver

"It's always a relief because you know you've done your job," said Deputy Chief Jackson.

 Acadian paramedic supervisor King desribed the feeling he felt as the driver was finally pulled out.

"I had never been so happy to see a stranger's face in my life," said King.

The teenage driver was airlifted to the hospital, but was ticketed with Careless Operation. 

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