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Crews use Jaws of Life to rescue woman trapped under her own pickup truck in Eureka

Humboldt Bay Fire (HBF) crews used the Jaws of Life to lift a pickup truck off a woman's leg Thursday morning in Eureka. The Eureka Police Dept. (EPD) said the woman had been checking out her pickup truck after possibly colliding with a mail truck, and it rolled over her.

At around 10:30 a.m. on Jan. 10 HBF and the EPD were called out to Oak and H Streets, where they found the woman lying in the roadway with the red Ford Ranger crushing her lower leg, officials said.

Police said the woman indicated she had just been in an accident with a mail truck and thought she may have flat tires, so she stopped her car on a hill to check it out. She didn't activate her parking brake properly, and the truck rolled onto her leg, police said.

Using the jaws of life, fire crews were able to lift the truck off of the woman's leg and load her into an ambulance. She was transported to a local hospital with moderate injuries, according to the EPD.

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Drugs and alcohol are not suspected in this crash, but police said a medical condition may have been a factor. H Street was closed at Campton Road during this incident.


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