When firefighters arrived then found a female driver trapped underneath the dashboard of the crushed Mazda Protégé after it had collided head-on with a trash truck. Firefighters from Ladder 7 used saws and other tools to cut off the car’s roof, lift the dashboard and steering wheel and to cut off the door in order to extricate the female patient. It took 15 minutes to complete the rescue.
Medics rushed the female patient to Harborview Medical Center with life threatening injuries. An AMR ambulance transported a second patient, a 33-year-old male garbage truck driver to Harborview with non life-threatening injuries.
Seattle Police Department investigated the cause of the crash.