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Downtown Crash Traps Two People Inside Their SUV

March 24- Seattle Firefighters rescued two people who were trapped inside an overturned SUV along 4th Avenue and Virginia Street.

At 2:19 p.m. the Fire Alarm Center received a 911 call reporting a two car motor vehicle accident with a rolled over SUV and people trapped. Engine 10 arrived first and upgraded the call to a heavy rescue due to the driver and passenger being trapped in the overturned SUV. Firefighters were able to remove the passenger side window and pull the male passenger out of the SUV which was rolled on its side on 4th Avenue.

The Technical Rescue Team, Ladder Company 7 and Aid Unit 14, along with Belltown’s Ladder Company 4 stabilized the vehicle and removed the roof of the SUV. Crews then removed the steering column which was trapping the female SUV driver. It took about 20 minutes to extricate the female driver who suffered a head wound.

Medic 1 transported the male passenger who was in his early 30′s to Harborview Medical Center in stable condition. Medic 10 transported the female driver who was in her early 30′s to Harborview Medical Center in serious condition.

A third person, the driver of a blue car declined medical attention.

During the extrication process, 4th Avenue between Stewart and Virginia was shut down.

The Seattle Police Department is investigating the accident.