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Woman Trapped Under Truck For 1.5 Hours While Extricated (NH)


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A car was crushed under a tractor-trailer in Manchester Friday.

Firefighters worked for 1.5 hours to free the driver of the vehicle.




MANCHESTER, NH — Manchester Fire, AMR, and Manchester Police responded to Campbell St for a car under a tractor-trailer. When crews arrived they had a car under the back of a tractor-trailer which had a fork truck on the back of it. A passenger of the car was quickly removed but the driver was significantly pinned.


MFD crews used jaws of life, blocking materials, hydraulic tools, and cutting tools in an attempt to free the woman.

They had the driver of the tractor-trailer try to raise the fork truck which gave them some room to work. They called Eastern Towing who came to the scene with a flatbed tow truck who assisted in lifting the fork truck.






Crews removed the roof of the vehicle and after 1.5 hours the driver was removed. The driver remained conscious during the extrication but was given pain medication to tolerate the pain. She was transported to the Elliot Hospital Trauma Center with serious but what appears to be non-life-threatening injuries.I




Sources at the scene say that it appears the tractor-trailer was backing across Campbell Street to make a delivery of a pallet of stone to a house.


The truck driver was uninjured. NHSP Troop G and Manchester Police are investigating. Incredible video of extrication and still photos



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This is an example why we always donate vehicles to the local fire departments for training. Our fire departments invest many hours for training and it shows when they respond to actual emergencies. Training is also important for towing companies. We always prefer to practice a procedure in our  lot before doing it in public. 

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Sounds like they didn't have a plan... A Heavy should have been en-route as soon as the First Responders Arrived. No Excuse to this woman remaining trapped more than 30 minutes. If this came down to a Police Rotation situation or Lack of Training then this woman certainly has a Lawsuit and that pains me to say. Think about it 1 1/2 hours, when have you ever heard about someone being trapped in a vehicle for such an extended length of time. Totally Uncalled For.... Tell Me I am Wrong....

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