Woman rescued from car trapped under tractor-trailer
Published Monday, March 19, 2012 8:58PM EDT
Emergency workers have rescued a woman after an overturned tractor-trailer landed on her car on the Highway 403 ramp at Dundas Street Monday afternoon, trapping the woman inside the crushed vehicle.
Shortly before 5 p.m. emergency responders pulled the woman out from her silver Mazda and took her to a waiting ambulance for an assessment.
"She was talking, conscious and smiling, actually, that she got out of this," OPP Sgt. Dave Woodford told reporters at the scene.
The paramedic supervisor on the scene said the woman had non-life-threatening injuries.
The woman's husband met her at the scene and she was taken to hospital by Ornge air ambulance.
The collision happened shortly after 3 p.m. when the tractor-trailer tipped over, trapping the Mazda underneath it in a deep ditch beside the road.
"It looks like the tractor-trailer might have taken this curve too fast," Woodford said.
At that time, Woodford said emergency crews would try to use heavy tow trucks to pull the trailer off of the car.
"We've braced it with some wood underneath so it doesn't continue to crush the vehicle," Woodford said before crews hooked the tow truck to the trailer portion of the tractor-trailer.
At that point, Peel paramedics said they did not have a condition report on the woman in the car, but Woodford confirmed that the woman was able to speak to her rescuers.
Ornge air ambulance was called and landed at the scene.
Shortly before 4:30 p.m., two Ornge paramedics moved under the truck and were communicating with the woman as the heavy tow truck slowly lifted the trailer off the car.
After the weight of the trailer was removed from the car, emergency responders used the Jaws of Life to remove the woman from her car.
Woodford said since the car ended up in a deep ditch, it was not entirely crushed under the weight of the tractor-trailer.
"I think what saved her was the depth of the ditch," he said.
The woman has been identified as Edyta Tobiasz. Her family said she has already been released from hospital and is at home resting.