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Personnel must get creative to rescue driver hurt in wreck

A one-car wreck on Interstate 20 in McDuffie County seriously injured a South Carolina woman last Thursday.

Senior Trooper John Freeman of the Georgia State Patrol post in Grovetown identified the victim as 37-year-old Angela Martin Adamson, of Pacolet. S.C.

Ms. Adamson was trapped in her 2002 Buick LeSabre for about 30 minutes until firefighters/first responders with McDuffie County Fire/Rescue Services could free her, using the Jaws of Life, a special cutting tool.

Ms. Adamson became trapped after suffering a seizure that caused her to lose control of her car.

The car ran off the eastbound lane of I-20 down a steep embankment and into a concrete ditch before it came to a stop shortly before 2 p.m.

After rescue workers freed Ms. Adamson, they then had to figure out a way of getting her up the steep embankment to a waiting ambulance.

They placed an extension ladder on the ground and then hoisted it, using a wrench attached to the rescue truck, to pull her up in a rescue basket. More than six local rescue workers participated.

Ms. Adamson was taken to the Medical College of Georgia Hospital in Augusta.

A trucker witnessed the wreck and dialed 911 for help, Senior Trooper Freeman said.

No charges were filed.

Web posted on Thursday, October 08, 2009

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