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GFR rescues victim from overturned car

Press release from Gainesville Fire Rescue

At 10:51 a.m. on July 8, the Combined Communications Center received several 911 calls regarding a two-car motor vehicle crash. Bystanders reported that one person was entrapped inside of their vehicle at the intersection of NW 16th Ave and NW 22nd St.

Gainesville Fire Rescue (GFR) units Engine 5, Ladder truck 8, Ladder truck 1, and District 1 responded, along with Alachua County Fire Rescue Transport 35. GFR Engine 5 arrived on scene within minutes of being dispatched and confirmed that one vehicle had rolled over on its side with one person entrapped.

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GFR District 1 (Cary Williams) arrived on the scene and established incident command. GFR Ladder truck 8 and Ladder truck 1 began extricating a conscious and alert female driver from the vehicle. Crews were able to free the patient from the car within 17 minutess of the initial call. ACFR Transport Rescue 35 transported one patient to Shands with non-life-threatening injuries. The Gainesville Police Department is investigating the cause of the accident.

Gainesville Fire Rescue would like to remind drivers to look both ways before entering busy roadways, obey all traffic laws, and always wear your seatbelts.