11-05-2003, 05:50 PM #1
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Vehicle Extrication/Below-Grade Rescue- Providence, RI
WJAR NBC 10
PROVIDENCE -- A serious accident and dramatic rescue took place on Union Avenue in Providence at about 9 a.m. Tuesday
Police said an SUV swerved to avoid an accident, went through a fence and ended up on its side wedged in a 20-foot deep moat.
The car was wedged in tight, but the rescue crews rigged up a crane with a stretcher, then cut through the side of the door and got the passenger out and hoisted her up to safety.
"We were inside and heard a loud crash -- it sounded like a load of pipe fell from a truck. We came out and saw the truck down there, called 911 and got my ladder. We went down and to make sure she was all right," said Bill LaMountain, a witness at the accident scene.
According to police, the driver, Ratha Nguon, of Providence, is doing well and has been transported to the hospital.
Firefighters had to work around gas lines at the scene which made the rescue extremely dangerous.
"We had an extremely difficult rescue and extrication and these men did a fantastic job," said Deputy Assistant Chief Michael Dillon of the Providence Fire Department.
11-05-2003, 07:48 PM #2
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