A woman is in stable condition after a wreck with a semi truck that left her pinned inside of her vehicle for two hours.
The accident occurred on Tuesday, December 8th in San Angelo,Texas.
According to Go San Angelo News, a crash between a 2015 Honda Accord, a 2015 GMC pickup, and a semi truck happened on Houston Harte near the North Howard Street overpass at around 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday.
The exact cause of the crash is still not known, but the collision did send the pickup rolling across the highway and onto the grassy shoulder, and even sent the semi truck crashing into the concrete barrier wall on the right side of the roadway, pinning the Honda between the rig and the wall.
As the sun sets, first responders continue to work the scene of major crash. A San Angelo man who said he arrived shortly afterwards said a woman is trapped between the semi and the concrete barrier. @gosanangelo pic.twitter.com/DD4LtgTmH7— J. Tufts (@JTuftsReports) December 8, 2020
Andrew Ingram, a man who lives in the area, heard the crash and rushed out to help the victims. He says that the first thing he noticed was a woman and her daughter crawling out of the sunroof on their overturned pickup, but he soon realized that there was more to the incident and ran over to the semi truck.
“The guy [truck driver] kept saying ‘she slammed on her brakes, she slammed on her brakes’,” Ingram explained, and that’s when he realized there was a car pinned between the rig and the wall.
“I ran over to try and help her,” Ingram said. “I took off my shirt and told her to cover her face while I smashed out the windows of the passenger door to see if I could try and get her out.”
Unfortunately, Ingram was unable to free the 64-year-old woman himself, and it took first responders until around 6:50 p.m. that evening to extricate her from the smashed vehicle. The rescue required firefighters to crawl in the small space between the wall and the tractor trailer, as well as heavy towing equipment to move the vehicles away from the wall.
After her rescue, she was transported to a nearby hospital, where she is reportedly in stable condition. The extent of her injuries is not clear.
“If you look at the condition of that vehicle, the fact that the driver is not in more serious condition than she is right now is by the grace of God. We’re very thankful for that,” said Officer Tracy Piatt-Fox, San Angelo Police Department spokeswoman.
Fortunately, the woman and her young daughter who freed themselves from the wrecked pickup are also reportedly at the hospital in stable condition. The extent of their injuries is not known. The 63-year-old truck driver was uninjured in the incident.
Officials are still working to determine the details of the crash, and say the investigation could take some time.
“Again, as far as the circumstances surrounding what led up to the crash, they are under investigation. It’s going to take quite some time,” Piatt-Fox said.