[Dodge City, Kans]
Ford County Fire and EMS was dispatched on Feb. 9 at around 7 p.m. to find that a car, occupied by two people, crashed under the trailer of a semi-truck on US-50 Highway and 117 Road in Ford County.
The crash yielded no fatalities.
Upon arrival, crew members immediately set to work extracting the occupants from the car, utilizing the “jaws of life” while positioned on their knees.
“The “jaws of life” get used an average of twice a month probably,” said Fire and EMS Chief Rob Boyd.
Within a short period, the driver was removed.
Due to the semi-truck’s trailer being too close to the back passenger seat, rescue personnel could not access the passenger.
Daniel Williams with Southwest Towing was called to the scene, where he used his equipment to lift the trailer off of the car.
The car was winched out from under the trailer, giving first responders access to the rear passenger where they were able to safely remove him.
Extraction maneuvers were completed within 30 minutes of receiving the call.
According to the Kansas Highway Patrol crash log, the driver of the car, Alejandrina Treto-Banuelos, age 37, was checked into Wesley Medical Center for serious injuries, while the passenger, four-year-old Abraham Ponce, was also checked into Wesley Medical Center for minor injuries.
The driver of the semi-truck, Juan Carlos Fuentes, age 32, was uninjured.
“Thank you to everyone involved in this difficult extrication,” said Ford County Fire and EMS on their Facebook page.