Driver extricated from car following Calif. collision
Humboldt Bay Fire personnel used the Jaws of Life to free the woman from the Ford pickup before loading her on a stretcher to be taken to a local hospital
EUREKA, Calif. — The Humboldt Bay Fire Department extricated a woman from her Ford pickup truck on Thursday afternoon after a traffic accident at Sixth and I streets left her trapped in the overturned vehicle.
A Eureka Police Department press release said witnesses reported that Tara Dewey of Eureka was traveling northbound on I Street at about 2:15 p.m. when a black Honda Civic driven by Daniel Wheeler of Weott ran a red light and broadsided her truck, causing it to spin and roll over. The truck slid into a parked van before coming to rest on its side.
"It looked really, really bad," said Courtney Taylor, who was traveling several cars behind the Honda on Sixth Street when she saw the accident.
Taylor said it appeared the Honda ran the red light, but she said she saw it slow down approaching the intersection before attempting to speed through. Both cars were traveling about 30 mph, according to the press release.
Humboldt Bay Fire personnel used the Jaws of Life to free the woman from the Ford pickup before loading her on a stretcher to be taken to a local hospital. She suffered moderate injuries, according to a fire department press release. The EPD release stated both drivers escaped serious injury because they were wearing safety belts.
Eureka Police Department personnel closed I Street from Seventh to Fifth streets, and Sixth Street from J to H streets, diverting traffic to alternate routes immediately after the collision. The Honda and the Ford had to be towed from the scene.
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