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Firefighters rescue three people trapped in rollover crashes

August 5, 2013

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Firefighters extricate a woman from an SUV involved in a rollover crash at Long Lake and Investment Drive just after 9 a.m. Aug. 5.

Firefighters extricated three people trapped in their vehicles after rollover crashes Aug. 4 and 5.

Just after 5:30 p.m. Aug. 4, firefighters were dispatched to Wattles, east of Rochester, on a report of a car crash and two people trapped inside a vehicle that had rolled over. After stabilizing the vehicle with jacks to prevent it from moving, firefighters used the Jaws of Life and hydraulic cutters to extricate both people, according to fire officials.

Alliance Mobile Health removed the people from the vehicle and transported them to a hospital for further care. Troy Assistant Fire Chief David Roberts said there were no additional details available about their medical conditions at press time.

In a separate incident, at 9:15 a.m. Aug. 5, firefighters were dispatched to a rollover collision at Long Lake and Investment Drive and discovered a small SUV/crossover-style vehicle on its roof with a woman trapped inside, seat-belted and hanging upside down, according to reports.

Firefighters stabilized the SUV with jacks and used the Jaws of Life and hydraulic cutters to extricate the woman, according to reports. Roberts said she was conscious and alert. Alliance Mobile Health transported her to a hospital for treatment. Roberts had no additional information about her medical condition at press time.

The driver of the second vehicle involved in the crash was out of that vehicle and did not appear to be injured, according to reports. The eastbound lanes of Long Lake were closed for about 30 minutes, Roberts said.

About the author

Staff Writer Terry Oparka covers Troy and the Troy School District for the Troy Times. Oparka has worked for C & G Newspapers since 2000 and attended Oakland University and Macomb Community College. Oparka has won an award from the Michigan Press Association and three awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, Detroit Chapter.

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