Firefighters use Jaws of Life to remove woman from car in crash near Baker
BAKER • San Bernardino County firefighters used Jaws of Life tools to extricate a 78-year-old Chatsworth woman from her vehicle after a crash on Wednesday.
According to a news release, firefighters from San Bernardino County Fire Station 53 in Baker responded at 1:55 p.m. to a single-vehicle rollover on Highway 127, about four miles west of Baker.
When firefighters arrived, they found a Toyota with major damage to its roof and sides resting on its wheels in the desert about 40 feet from the road, according to the release.
The woman was trapped in the vehicle, forcing firefighters to extricate her. She was freed and treated at the scene before being transported to a Las Vegas-area hospital by Baker Ambulance.
According to California Highway Patrol spokesman Don Spiker, for an unknown reason the vehicle veered onto the right shoulder, causing the driver to aggressively turn the steering wheel. The woman lost control and struck a dirt berm, causing the vehicle to overturn, Spiker said.
County Fire Capt. Daniel Nelson said the motorist was wearing a seat belt and it probably saved her life. According to Spiker she did not sustain major injuries and only complained of back and neck pain.