2017-07-17 / Front Page

Rescuers free Melvin teen from under rollover crash

BY CAT HY BARRINGER
Staff Writer

SPEAKER TWP. — Emergency workers rescued a 17-year-old Melvin teen whose arm was pinned under the car’s roof in a rollover crash on July 13.

The Sanilac County Sheriff’s Dept. reported Sanilac Central Dispatch received a 911 call around 12:15 a.m. from a caller who said a family member had rolled her vehicle on Gardner Line Road near Duquette Road and was trapped underneath.

Speaker Fire, Marlette EMS and Sanilac County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the scene where the driver, a 17-year-old female from Melvin, was inside of the vehicle with her arm completely pinned under the roof.

The sheriff’s office said firefighters, sheriff’s deputies and EMS provided medical care to stabilize the driver, so Speaker Fire personnel could lift the car off of her arm. The driver was transported to McLaren Port Huron for treatment of her injuries.

According to Sanilac County Sheriff’s Deputy Gerard Marschall, the investigation found the driver was heading west on Gardner Line Road in a 2002 Ford Focus and traveling too fast for road conditions in an effort to get home for curfew.

He said the teen drove onto the right shoulder and overcorrected, causing the car to swerve violently left and then right again. The vehicle entered the north ditch and rolled over. The driver was not wearing her seatbelt, and the vehicle came to rest on top of her arm.

Speed and lack of seatbelt use are considered factors in the accident, he said.

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