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Crash traps man for 95 minutes

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 23rd, 2014

Emergency workers struggle to get a 77-year-old man out of a pickup that sailed off of Highway 152 on Hecker Pass Tuesday afternoon. (Photos by Tarmo Hannula/Register-Pajaronian)

WATSONVILLE A 77-year-old Capitola man was trapped in his caved-in pickup for 95 minutes Tuesday after he drove off of Highway 152 and slammed into a stand of redwood trees. The 1:34 p.m. collision caved in the front of the truck and shoved the engine compartment and steering wheel into the driver.

Adding to the predicament, the newer model Chevy Silverado ended up perched on its side on a steep hill of loose dirt making it extremely difficult to approach and work on.

Cal Fire Battalion Chief Jake Hess said the extrication was the longest such operation of his career.

For the complete article see the 04-24-2014 issue.

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