Trapped for 20 mintes: Sheepshead Bay Woman freed by ‘Jaws of Life’ after wreck

Trapped: It took 20 minutes for New York’s Bravest to cut this woman out of her car, after an accident sent her car careening into a Ocean Avenue traffic pole and she became trapped within on Sunday.
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A woman was trapped in the driver’s seat of her car in Sheepshead Bay Sunday morning, after her vehicle careened off a black sports utility vehicle and crashed into a nearby traffic pole.

Firefighters and paramedics rushed to the Ocean Avenue scene near Avenue T at 10:22 am, where they found the injured woman conscious, but imprisoned within the wreckage of her Honda sedan, according to a spokesman for the FDNY.

Once firefighters reached the scene, they began cutting through the Honda’s driver-side door with the Hurst Tool, a hydraulic cutting device better known as the “Jaws of Life.”

Despite the best efforts of New York’s Bravest, the victim remained trapped in her seat for an agonizing 20 minutes. Then the door was wrenched from its frame, and the victim placed upon a waiting stretcher, a witness said.

The victim was rushed by ambulance to Lutheran Hospital, where she received treatment for multiple injuries, an FDNY spokesman said.

The Fire Department had little information regarding the driver of the other vehicle mentioned, who appears to have suffered only minor injuries, if any, and was not transported to a hospital for treatment.

A traffic pole that the injured woman crashed into fared far worse, standing at a precarious angle awaiting city workers to cut it down.

Reach reporter Colin Mixson at or by calling (718) 260-4514.
Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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