Driver extricated from vehicle by Coon Rapids firefighters

The driver of a vehicle that ran off Hanson Boulevard in the area of Grouse Street the afternoon of June 17 had to be extricated by the Coon Rapids Fire Department.

Coon Rapids firefighters Mike Smith (left) and Ryan Wagner used the Hearst Jaws of Life tool to extricate the driver of this vehicle that left Hanson Boulevard and crashed into a tree the afternoon of June 17.Photo courtesy of the Coon Rapids Fire Department

Coon Rapids firefighters Mike Smith (left) and Ryan Wagner used the Hearst Jaws of Life tool to extricate the driver of this vehicle that left Hanson Boulevard and crashed into a tree the afternoon of June 17.Photo courtesy of the Coon Rapids Fire Department

Firefighters used the Hearst Jaws of Life tool to free the driver, 16, whose legs were entangled in the floor board and required the dash to be removed, according to the Fire Department run report.

The driver suffered a fractured leg and was taken to the hospital for treatment as were his front seat passenger, a 56-year-old woman, and a 2-year-old boy in the back seat. None had life-threatening injuries.

According to the Coon Rapids Police accident report, the vehicle was traveling south on Hanson when it missed a curve in the road, traveling across the northbound lanes without hitting any vehicles before crashing into a tree.

The vehicle had an estimated speed of 50 mph, and the driver was cited for driving without due care.

Peter Bodley is at peter.bodley@ecm-inc.com

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