Driver rescued from car after accident

PHILIPSBURG–Fire Department officers rescued a woman who was trapped in her vehicle that had landed in a shallow trench after an accident on Soualiga Boulevard around 12:15pm on Thursday.

The rescued woman was rushed to St. Maarten Medical Center (SMMC) after she was safely removed from her vehicle, a white Kia Rio with French St. Martin licence plates. The extent of her injuries could not be ascertained.

The Daily Herald understands that a Nissan Pathfinder sports utility vehicle (SUV) and the white Kia Rio were travelling in the same direction, one behind the other, on Soualiga Boulevard heading towards Arch Road when the driver of the Pathfinder made a left turn onto the sand road.

The driver of the white Kia Rio was overtaking at the same time and her vehicle clipped the front of the Pathfinder. The impact caused the Kia Rio driver to lose control. Her vehicle ended up in the trench near Melford Hazel Sports Complex and she was trapped in it. The Fire Department was called and officers managed to open the door of the vehicle so that the woman could get out.

Police spokesperson Chief Inspector Ricardo Henson said in a press release that the police were investigating the accident. He said the Emergency Dispatch had received several calls indicating that the occupant of a vehicle was trapped in the car in the trench. He said several police patrols, Traffic Department, paramedics and Fire Department personnel had responded.

Traffic in the area was diverted to allow the emergency services to carry out their work. Henson said no external injuries were visible on the victim, who complained of pain in her legs and arms. The driver of the Pathfinder escaped without any injuries.

Source: The Daily Herald Driver rescued from car after accident