Crews perform challenging extrication after car crash

Cypress Pointe Fire and Rescue said on its Facebook page that firefighters performed a challenging extrication of a driver after being involved in a single-vehicle wreck on Sunday morning. 

The department said the crash occurred at 3:30 a.m. on Highway 1 northbound past Lakeview community. The car crashed down a steep embankment. Good Samaritans alerted first responders where the vehicle was located because it wasn’t visible from the road.

“The driver of the car was pinned-in and was unable to get out of the car on his own,” said Cypress Pointe Fire and Rescue. “Firefighters had an extremely tough time with this extrication due to having to work on a steep incline, large trees surrounding the car, and severe damage to the car.”

Once crews removed the roof and doors, they pushed the steering wheel and dashboard of the driver.

“The victim was removed to a Stokes Basket and a mechanical advantage was used to get the patient up the embankment where he was turned over to Moore County EMS for additional treatment and transport to the hospital,” said the fire department.

Air care was called but could not fly due to inclement weather.

“This incredibly challenging extrication took 1 hour and 13 minutes from the time the 911 Center received the 911 call and 1 hour and 6 minutes from the time CPFR personnel arrived on-scene to complete,” said the fire department.

N.C. State Highway Patrol is investigating the wreck. The driver’s condition is currently unclear.

Photo credit/Cypress Pointe Fire and Rescue. 

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