Firefighters free woman trapped under minivan

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on December 19, 2013 at 11:46 AM

Updated Friday, Jan 3 at 2:31 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Firefighters rescued a woman early Thursday after she became trapped underneath her minivan.

It happened around 10 a.m. at Manito Presbyterian Church near 29th and Grand on Spokane’s South Hill.

Firefighters said the woman got out of her car while parking to see whether she was still within the lines on the parking space.  She did not realize the car was in neutral and it started to roll backwards, according to authorities.

Rescuers said the woman attempted to step back into the car as it rolled but got her foot caught underneath it.  It somehow pulled her down to the ground and pinned her underneath the car.

Authorities said the woman was pinned for 18 minutes before crews arrived at the scene.  Once they got there, they used airbags and 2x4 pieces of wood to lift up the car.

The woman suffered some severe bruising but was expected to be okay.
 

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