The "jaws of life" had to be used to extricate a woman from her car after she was involved in a collision with another vehicle in Southampton Village on Wednesday morning, according to Southampton Fire Department Second Assistant Chief Chris Brenner.
The call came in at 9:20 a.m., and firefighters arrived to find that two cars crashed in the intersection of Herrick Road and Old Town Road, Brenner said, adding that it was unclear which direction the cars had been headed in and who was at fault.
The woman had been driving, and her husband was in the passenger seat, Brenner said. “The husband was able to get out of the vehicle, but the lady was pinned in her side.”
Though the woman was not injured, she was taken by Southampton Village Volunteer Ambulance to Southampton Hospital — which the accident occurred right outside of — as a precaution, Brenner said.
The driver and any other of occupants of the second vehicle were out of the car by the time he arrived, Brenner said.
Brenner said a pumper truck, rescue truck and two fire police vehicles responded, along with about 20 fire department personnel. Members of the Fire Police Company closed the roads, and firefighters were on scene for about an hour, he said.
“'Good job,' to all the guys and girls," Brenner said of the fire department volunteers. "Because of the frigid temperatures, it’s hard to work in these conditions.” The temperature in Southampton Wednesday morning was less than 20 degrees.
Southampton Village police are investigating the cause of the crash.
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