Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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May 2, 2014

Woman transported from wreck on Cole Street

BLUEFIELD — A passenger in a full-size older model Chevrolet fleetside pickup truck was damaged when the driver of the truck lost power on a steep city street Thursday afternoon, and the truck drifted backwards down the street, over a curb and into the front lawn of a Cole Street residence.

“The pickup is a straight drive and the hill is steep,” Patrolman J.D. Shrewsbury of the Bluefield Police Department said. “There were three females in the vehicle. The driver and another passenger were able to crawl out without help, but another passenger suffered a broken leg and couldn’t get out on her own.”

Firefighters with the Bluefield Fire Department worked to stabilize the vehicle so it did not roll any further down the hill as paramedics with the Bluefield Rescue Squad worked to stabilize the patient. Firefighters removed the passenger side door of the pickup to extract the victim. After she was evaluated, the victim was transported to Bluefield Regional Medical Center.

Lambert’s Wrecker & Auto Service had to bring a bigger wrecker to the scene and boom the vehicle out of the yard and up the steep hill while the firefighters kept a charged-over line ready if necessary as they worked with their newly acquired Jaws-of-Life, Captain Richard Hodge said.

Shrewsbury did not release the name of the driver, but said she is an adult from Richlands, Va. He said the driver and the other female passenger were not injured. The wreck was reported at about 12:20 p.m.

— Contact Bill Archer at barcher@bdtonline.com

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