WATCH: Firefighters use Jaws of Life to extricate woman with broken collarbone in T-bone crash

ST. GEORGE — St. George firefighters used the Jaws of Life Monday to extricate a woman with a broken collarbone from a car involved in a T-bone crash at the intersection of 400 East and 300 South in St. George.

At approximately 11:30 a.m., a black 2016 Dodge Dart, driven by a 63-year-old man with a 64-year-old female passenger, was eastbound on 300 East, St. George Police Officer Lona Trombley said.

St. George firefighters use the Jaws of Life to extricate a woman with a broken collarbone from a car involved in a T-bone crash at the intersection of 400 East and 300 South near Vernon Worthen Park in St. George, Utah, July 31, 2017 | Photo by Kimberly Scott, St. George News

At the same time, a gold Toyota Highlander, driven by a 49-year-old woman, was northbound on 400 East, known as Flood Street, approaching the 300 South intersection.

The man driving the Dodge had a stop sign, but said he didn’t see the Toyota, Trombley said.

Subsequently, as the man crossed the intersection, his vehicle was T-boned by the Toyota on the passenger side.

Emergency crews responded to the scene and firefighters with the St. George Fire Department spent approximately 15 minutes extricating the woman from the Dodge car with the use of the Jaws of Life.

“The female passenger suffered a broken collarbone and possible broken hip along with other abrasion injuries,” Trombley said, adding that the woman was transported by ambulance to Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George.

The man driving the Dodge suffered a cut on his hand in the collision while the driver of the Toyota complained of abdominal pain from the seat belt, Trombley said.

Airbags were deployed in both vehicles, Trombley said, and the three individuals involved in the crash were all wearing seat belts.

The driver of the Dodge was issued a citation for failure to yield.

This report is based on preliminary information provided by law enforcement or other emergency responders and may not contain the full scope of findings.

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  • Real Life August 1, 2017 at 5:44 pm

    Does the crash victim in distress in the above photos get to sign off the many photos of her being extracted from the vehicle? I am just wondering. And I do wish her a speedy recovery.

  • Blumpking August 1, 2017 at 7:06 pm

    A closeup of the poor lady in the car??????!!! You need to put you or your family in her position, Kimberly. This is just irresponsible and classless journalism. I would be very upset and offended if that was a family member of mine. I believe this article and video should be edited to remove the pictures of the woman in distress. Despicable!

  • comments August 1, 2017 at 7:15 pm

    I wish a piece of equipment had a less corny name than “jaws of life”. Also, never ever buy a dodge dart. It’s a small little junk car.

    • comments August 1, 2017 at 7:16 pm

      But hey, everyone still alive tho. I’ll give it that 😉

    • Law24 August 1, 2017 at 9:24 pm

      Ok. Lets call them pneumatically powered spreaders and pneumatically powered metal cutters because that sounds so much better *sarc*

    • comments August 1, 2017 at 10:20 pm

      Hmm, I always thought they were hydraulically powered, not air. ?

      • comments August 1, 2017 at 10:21 pm

        Maybe there are variations of such equipment. At least they’re not called “jaws of death”

        lol 😉

        • comments August 1, 2017 at 10:24 pm

          oh the ones in this case look like they might be battery powered. humm

  • DesertBill August 1, 2017 at 10:08 pm

    The man causing the accident said he didn’t see the truck! There is no excuse for that. I think we should consider permanently forbidding someone causing this kind of accident from driving.

    (Next week will it be “I didn’t see the kid on the bike?”)

  • DRT August 2, 2017 at 4:32 pm

    How about “I didn’t see the truck because rather than stopping at the stop sign, I may have slowed just a little, didn’t notice the truck, and blew through the stop sign, causing the crash.” I see this every day here. People treating stop signs either as if they don’t exist at all, or are just yield signs. Just like turning right on a red light. Some folks don’t even bother to slow down and look, they just wheel right around the corner, depending on everyone else to get out of their way.

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