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Woman Trapped in Car For Two Hours on I-79
Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on April 03, 2013 @ 11:17AM
Created on April 02, 2013 @ 8:38PM
It took emergency crews two hours to extricate a woman from her SUV and get her into a nearby helicopter after an accident on I-79 in Marion County.
It happened on Tuesday around 6:00 p.m., on the southbound side just before the East Park exit ramp.
According to the driver of an 18-wheeler, the woman tried to pass him in the left lane. He told 5 News he didn't see her vehicle because she was in his blind spot. He started moving over and that's when the woman went off the road and into a sign pole. He isn't sure if the two made contact.
A man driving home from work pulled over and rushed to see if the middle aged woman was alright. He said he expected the worst, but was relieved to see she was conscious and alert. She told him she was having chest pains, but could feel her toes. The pole cut through the vehicle and stopped at the top of the dash, pushing the dash and steering wheel into the woman.
Traffic was slow, but only one lane on each side of the interstate was shut down. The woman was flown by HealthNet to Ruby Memorial Hospital with leg injuries. State Police is investigating.

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Apr 04, 2013 at 12:10 AM
Going 65 or 75 mph? EVERY vehicle has a blind spot. I've seen hundreds of stupid drivers make stupid decisions daily to pull out in front of these trucks showing how utterly stupid they are to think a huge truck going the speed limit on highways can make a stop quickly or move quickly without causing an accident. My brother has always been a trucker and he said it's amazing how many stupid people do that every single day! Don't be so quick to always assume it's not a dumb decision on the other drivers side.
Apr 03, 2013 at 12:53 PM
The 18 wheeler should have checked his mirrors for more than a few seconds before moving into another lane. If you lean forward and check your outside rearview mirror you can see anything in your blind spot. I was taking the Bridgeport exit ramp off I-79 South this morning and an 18 wheeler was moving into my lane because didn't see me and I was not riding in his blind spot. Defense driving!! That is important!! Too many distractions!!
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