Sacto 9-1-1
October 15, 2013
Metro Fire notes when being pinned in a crashed car is a good thing

Metro Fire reports that it was lucky that a woman was trapped inside her crashed car because exiting the vehicle might have led to electrocution.

Fire crews were dispatched to Sunrise Boulevard and Grant Line Road about 7 p.m. Monday where a driver crashed into a power pole, her car landing on it side in the ditch.

The driver's problems didn't end there: Power lines touched her car and also started a grass fire. Still, it was good, fire officials said, that she was pinned inside, according to a fire district press release.

"This is one lucky woman," said Metro Fire Battalion Chief Maurice Johnson. "She had three lines down on her vehicle, lines that were so hot they burned holes in the metal

and welded themselves to the car. The vehicle was surrounded by fire. The driver, who was trapped inside until the lines could be de-energized, didn't know it, but she was in the safest place she could be."

Firefighters worked to extinguish the grass fire around the car and tried to calm the driver while waiting for Sacramento Municipal Utility District personnel to arrive. Once power was cut to the line, the woman was helped out of the vehicle.

Paramedics transported her to a hospital. Her name and condition were not available.

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