Victim trapped in overturned vehicle on 605 Freeway rescued by LBFD

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On Tuesday July 13th, 2010 at approximately 6:10 AM Long Beach Fire Department units responded to a reported overturned vehicle with a trapped victim over the side of the southbound 605/Spring St. off-ramp.  Engine 5 was the first arriving unit and located the mangled vehicle down the embankment of the southbound 605 exit of E. Spring St. on it’s roof resting in the middle of a metal fence. Engine 5 crewmembers discovered a 50-yr old male driver trapped inside the wreckage.

Light Force 19 crewmembers were quickly utilized to extricate the patient using the “Jaws of Life”.  During the extrication another firefighter used a gas powered rotary saw to cut through the tangled portion of metal fence to make room for rescue efforts.

Throughout the process the patient was talking to the fire crews.  His condition and injuries were listed as moderate as he was transported to a local hospital for further evaluation.

There were no other passengers or vehicles involved.  Because of the quick efforts of fire personnel, this patient was safely removed from the wreckage.

This incident occurred in Council District 5 with a total of 7 responding apparatus and 20 personnel operating on scene for approximately an hour.  The cause of the accident is currently under investigation.

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