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Jaws Of Life Needed In North Fork Crash

NORTH FORK – A single vehicle accident on the rain-soaked roads sent a young North Fork woman to the hospital this evening.

At 8:44 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 25, Amanda Webb, 22, was eastbound on Road 223 near Northridge Road when, for unknown reasons, her Honda Accord crossed over the westbound lane, left the roadway and smashed into a tree.

A male passenger in the car was not injured, but the driver was pinned in the vehicle. Madera County Volunteer Fire Department’s Squad 11 out of North Fork responded to the scene where the Jaws of Life and fire axes were used to cut the top off the car to free the young woman.

Firefighters cut the top off a Honda to free the driver - photo by Gina ClugstonFirst responders, including Madera County Engine 11, Cal Fire Engine 4254, Sierra Ambulance and CHP worked for over an hour in the pouring rain to extract the injured driver, as family members stood anxiously by at the scene.

SkyLife air ambulance was dispatched, but weather conditions prevented them being able to access the landing zone, so Webb was transported by ground ambulance to Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno.

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