A yellow C4 Corvette ZR-1 wound up on its roof Sunday morning, trapping the driver for about an hour after a one-vehicle crash in Brentwood, California.
Fortunately, rescuers were able to extract the man, who appeared to escape serious injury after he had crossed into the wrong lane and hit a utility pole on the driver’s side door.
The impact sheared off the pole, sending the Yellow ZR-1 off the road and over a drainage ditch before landing upside down in an orchard.
“I’m going to list (his injuries) as minor,” Capt. Craig Auzenne of the East Contra Costa Fire Protection District said. “He had zero complaints to us. We’ll see what happens when he gets to the hospital and they start taking pictures.”
The driver was carried by ambulance to the trauma center at John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek. A medical copter was summoned to the scene, but paramedics eventually decided it wasn’t necessary to use it since the driver’s injuries appeared minor.
Auzenne told The Press that the extraction was complicated because the car was on its roof and made of fiberglass.
“The impact of hitting the pole probably gave about four feet of intrusion into the driver’s door, so the points that we normally use for the extrication equipment were not there,” he said. “The guys had to get a little creative using wedges and multiple tools to get him out.”
It took rescuers about 40 minutes to get the driver out of the car, though it had been nearly an hour since the crash was reported at 8:12 a.m.
The accident happened as the driver was going west on Marsh Creek Road just east of Deer Valley Road.
Auzenne was the initial first responder to arrive on the scene. “There were bystanders down there trying to pull the doors open and get the patient out,” he said.
Jon More and co-worker Dan Davis were driving past the scene when they were flagged down. Along with another man, Cleo Martinez, they found the driver hanging from his seat belt but calm and coherent. Their efforts to get him out of the Corvette were unsuccessful, however.
“You’ve just got to help people,” said Mor. That’s what we’re here for. You can’t just drive by and later wonder what happened.”
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