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Firefighter Lifts Car, Rescues Pinned Woman
Driver Airlifted To Gainesville Hospital

POSTED: 12:32 pm EDT July 1, 2008
UPDATED: 4:59 pm EDT July 1, 2008

OCALA, Fla. -- An Ocala firefighter lifted a vehicle about a foot off the ground, allowing other firefighters to free the arm of a driver who was involved in a crash.

According to Ocala fire officials, two firefighters who were not at the fire station drove up on the crash, which took place on Northeast 36th Avenue, at about 12:15 p.m. Tuesday.

An older model Chevrolet Blazer was on its side and two people were inside the sport utility vehicle, fire officials said. A small white car had apparently pulled out of a nearby convenient store parking lot and struck the SUV, causing it to flip, fire officials said.

The Blazer driver's arm became trapped between the vehicle and the pavement as the SUV overturned, firefighters said.

Firefighters responding to the crash stabilized the overturned Blazer, but the driver could not be removed from the vehicle until her arm was freed, officials said.

Firefighter Chris Hickman lifted the SUV about 12 inches off the ground, allowing other firefighters to free the driver's arm, officials said. The roof of the SUV was cut away by firefighters, and the woman was removed and airlifted to Shands Teaching Hospital in Gainesville, fire officials said. Her condition was not released.

The occupants of the other vehicle were not injured.

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