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Tenn. first responders face a stabilization challenge at crash scene

Four people were trapped inside after their car snapped a utility pole and came to rest against the roof of a house in Pulaski.

By Olivia Lloyd
The Charlotte Observer

GILES COUNTY, Tenn. — A car carrying five people went airborne and crashed into the roof of a Tennessee home, rescuers said.

One person was able to escape, but four were trapped, Giles County Fire & Rescue said in a news release.

Volunteer firefighters received a call Jan. 3 reporting “a vehicle on a roof” resulting from a crash that snapped an electric pole and took down power lines in Pulaski.

The car ended up nose-down against the home with the rear of the car resting on the roof, photos show.

All the occupants in the car were teens, WSMV reported.

First responders cut four teens out of the car, and they were taken to a hospital for treatment. Giles County authorities said everyone survived the accident.

McClatchy News reached out to Giles County Fire & Rescue and the Pulaski Police Department for more information on Jan. 8 and was awaiting a response.

Speed may have contributed to the accident, authorities told WTVF. Many people marveled that the crash wasn’t deadly.

Bill Myers with Giles County Emergency Management Services told the outlet the first responders helped get everyone out safely.

“They took care of the live electric lines and secured the pole broken over the vehicle that was involved,” Myers said. “None of that outcome would’ve been the same without everyone playing that role.”

Pulaski is in southern Tennessee near the Alabama border, about 75 miles south of Nashville .

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