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Saturday, January 19, 2013

Man critically injured and pinned in vehicle after collision with tree

Posted: January 19, 2013 - 4:50am
Updated: January 19, 2013 - 9:50am

Lawrence Police are investigating after a single vehicle crash critically injured one person.

The crash was reported at approximately 4:35 a.m., in the 1000 block of N. 3rd Street, to the south of the Interstate 70 bridge in North Lawrence.

Reports from the scene indicated that the driver was pinned inside the vehicle and a passenger, against the advise of emergency dispatchers, was trying to free the driver from the wreckage.

Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical units arrived on the scene to confirm a single vehicle versus a tree. The vehicle was said to have heavy front end damage. Medics confirmed that the driver of the vehicle was in critical condition and "pinned under the dash."

Crews worked for about 15 minutes to extricate the driver from the vehicle.

The driver, said to be a male in his early to mid-30's, was transported by Medics to Lawrence Municipal Airport where a LifeStar helicopter was standing by and transported the man to the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas.

Investigators say the man was not wearing a seat belt. I was not immediately clear if the passenger was wearing a seat belt or not. The passenger of the vehicle refused any medical treatment or transport by Medics from the scene.

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