WAXAHACHIE — The driver of a Ford Explorer was taken by helicopter to Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas after sustaining injuries from a single-vehicle accident on Saturday, July 8. First responders were dispatched at 5:50 a.m. to the 3600 block of N. U.S. Highway 77.

According to the accident report provided by the Waxahachie Police Department, the Ford was heading northbound on U.S. Highway 77 at the time of the accent. It drove off the road, striking the bottom of a culvert, and continued to move forward northbound in the culvert. The sport-utility vehicle came back up the other side of the ditch and into the next culvert. It then ran into a third ditch.

“After hitting the third culvert, (the SUV) hit a telephone pole. Damage was caused to the front right, which caused the wheel to come off the vehicle,” the report stated. “ The (vehicle) then began to roll down the side of a metal pipe fence. It came to rest, right side up, when it hit a second telephone pole. All the airbags were deployed and the vehicle was highly damaged.”

Waxahachie Fire Department Capt. Josh Anderson said when firefighters arrived they found the driver had been thrown from the front seat into the back seat of the vehicle. After assessing the situation and getting in contact with the patient the decision was made to call for a helicopter.

“The vehicle had ended up landing upright on its wheels. There where was one door that we could get open but we could not extricate the patient safely doing that. We couldn’t get complete access. We could not get in through the driver’s side,” Anderson said. “We used the spreaders and the cutters to cut open the back hatch of the SUV and completely remove it so we could remove the patient safely through the back opening.”

Anderson stated that everyone worked well together in getting the patient out of the vehicle safely.

Firefighters also set up a landing zone for the helicopter from PHI Air Medical to land. Providing medical assistance on the call with firefighters were members of American Medical Response. Firefighters were on scene for an hour and a half before returning to the station.

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