Massachusetts Firefighters Rescue Man Trapped Beneath Car

Firefighters used airbags to lift the car off the victim, Sideleau said.


LEOMINSTER -- Rescue workers had to fly a 75-year-old city man by LifeFlight helicopter to Worcester Monday morning after a Volvo station wagon rolled over his legs and torso, according to police and fire officials.

"When we got there, the car was in the middle of the street, and the gentleman was underneath the car in a laying down position with the back wheels resting on top of him," Deputy Fire Chief Robert Sideleau said Monday.

The victim, Robert Finneron of Leominster, was released from UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester by the end of the day Monday, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

Finneron's wife and he got out of the car at 136 Nashua St. at about 8:30 a.m., and the car began to roll down the hill, Police Lt. Raymond Booth said Monday.

"She pulled into her parking spot and evidently forgot to put her car into park," Booth said.

Booth said Finneron attempted to stop the vehicle as it went down the hill, but fell and hit his head on a nearby telephone pole.

Firefighters used airbags to lift the car off the victim, Sideleau said.

Sideleau said the wheels were resting on Finneron's body when they arrived, and they were told the car had run over his legs as well.

Sideleau said Finneron was alert and conscious when they arrived, but rescue workers LifeFlighted him because of concerns of possible internal injuries.

Courtesy The Sentinel & Enterprise