First responders use jaws of life to extricate driver in rollover accident

Witnesses said it looked as if the driver of a Chevrolet van going eastbound on Division Avenue (Ten Mile Road) tried to make it through a red light as a second vehicle described as a big red truck, was entering onto Division off Marcell in Rockford. The resulting collision at about 1:45 p.m. on Wednesday, August 22, sent the van spinning before landing on its side in the westbound lane of Division, and rescue workers spent the next hour removing the pinned-in driver.

The eastbound lanes of Division remained open as Rockford first responders used the jaws of life tool to gain access to the driver and eventually had to saw the body of the van to remove the injured man, who was transported by Rockford Ambulance.

In addition to Rockford Ambulance, Rockford Fire, Police and Kent County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the scene. Ten rescue vehicles and 15 first responders were on the scene, which drew a large crowd of onlookers.

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