Grand Rapids, Michigan emergency crews spent over three hours extricating a driver (carrying peat moss) who was pinned facing the pavement in his truck on Thursday morning (October 9th).

The massive rescue effort included 30 first responders, pry bars, hydraulic cutters, and rams.

Fortunately, the driver only suffered a few non-life-threatening injuries.

The driver overturned on I-196, westbound (near the Ottawa Avenue exit) at approximately 7:00 a.m. after taking an exit too fast and hitting a guardrail.

According to Fire Battalion Chief, Bart Perry, this was the most intense extrication he’s witnessed in his 30-year career.

A large traffic back-up was caused due to the accident, however the mess was cleared up before the evening rush hour.

Crews anticipate that the guard rail will be repaired on or before next Thursday.


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