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Woman trapped in car after crash

Injuries to Powell, another driver not life-threatening

Published: Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

A woman was cut out of a vehicle Thursday afternoon after a three-vehicle accident trapped her on West U.S. 6 in Morris.

The accident occurred around the 4200 block, said Chief Tracey Steffes of the Morris Fire Protection and Ambulance District on Friday.

Responders were on scene within two minutes because it was so close to Station 2.

Powell was pinned in her vehicle and was cut out and transported to Morris Hospital, but her injuries were not life-threatening.

A second vehicle rolled over and the male driver was also transported with non life-threatening injuries. A third driver refused medical treatment.

Lauren Powell, 24, of Morris, was cited by Grundy County police for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.

Morris fire had a helicopter put on standby, as it does for all entrapments, Steffes said, but the helicopter never had to be used.

Through a new Helicopter Early Launch Opportunity (HELO) program, LifeStar helicopters are called for all accidents involving entrapment so they can begin their preflight checks and get to the scene faster if they end up being needed.

Often, entrapments result in traumatic injuries and a helicopter is needed for the fastest transport, Steffes said, although this time the “victim was lucky.”

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