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Woman survives Pennsylvania dump truck accident

A nearly fatal accident has left one 70-year-old woman from Monroeville in the hospital. The truck accident happened in Butler County, Pennsylvania, on Route 8 near Clearview Mall recently.

As the vehicles involved in the crash came to a halt, a tri-axle dump truck ended up on top of the woman's car. In the events leading up to the crash, an unknown driver of a vehicle, which police are still searching for, turned left in front of the woman and the truck driver. As rescue teams arrived on the scene, they realized that there was a person trapped underneath the dump truck in another vehicle.

Firefighters spent nearly an hour trying to save the woman from her unrecognizable car. Luckily, she was conscious after the crash and did not sustain life-threatening injuries. One of the only things she remembers from the accident is a lot of metal folding and crashing around her. She also said she can remember being unable to breathe and hoping that she would make it out alive. The truck had pinned her car on the passenger side of her vehicle while a guardrail held her inside on the driver side.

According to the Pennsylvania State Police, the dump truck had to be removed before firefighters could go in and cut the 70-year-old out of her vehicle. The Monroeville woman made it out of the vehicle with a broken pelvis and a few broken ribs. Since she was lucky enough to survive, she and her family have been in good spirits.

Source: WTAE, "Tri-Axle Dump Truck lands on Car in Pa. Crash," Sept. 17, 2011

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