Saturday, June 30, 2012
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Albany police talk to a woman trapped in an overturned Ford F-150 pickup Saturday before the Albany Fire Department rescue crew managed to free her.
ALBANY, Ga. — An Albany Police Department SUV collided with a Ford F-150 pickup on South Jefferson Street at Whitney Avenue and sent seven people to the hospital after 2 p.m. Saturday.
One woman was extricated from the pickup’s wreckage and five children passengers ranging from 1 to 15 years old escaped.
According to police reports, Cpl. Gary Price had his blue lights flashing on his way south on Jefferson to a call on Lee Street. The pickup was headed west on Whitney Avenue through the intersection when the SUV hit it. Preliminary reports stated that the pickup had a green light.
The impact sent the SUV spinning around while the pickup flipped until it landed upside down about 30 feet from the SUV east on Whitney.
The pickup’s driver, a 22-year-old woman was trapped in the pickup. One child may have been thrown from the pickup and the others escaped. All appeared to have injuries.
Albany Fire Department emergency personnel extricated the woman from the wreckage using a Hurst spreading tool to rip a door off.
She was taken immediately to Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital. Dougherty County EMS treated children at the scene and also took them to Phoebe.
Price is the handler of the police K-9 Bubi. Both he and the dog were reported in good condition. No names and medical conditions for the pickup’s driver and the children were immediately available.
The area around the wrecks was taped off allowing officers to control the crime scene. Many people showed up and tried to enter the crime scene adding to the chaos emergency personnel responded to. They were ushered away. By 4 p.m. the scene was clear.
The case remains under investigation.