Firefighters employed the Jaws of Life – and a chainsaw – to cut a crash victim out of his car on the westbound Northern State Parkway April 2.
Fire officials said the man ran off the Northern State west of Route 110 at about 10:50 a.m., knocking down a tree and coming to a stop against another tree.
“Usually, the tree wins – this time, he took out the tree,” said Melville Assistant Chief Paul Mahler, who led the response.
The tree that the car knocked down blocked the driver’s side door, so firefighters first had to cut away the tree with chainsaws. They then used the Jaws of Life to tear off both driver’s side doors and the pillar between the doors.
The driver was taken by Melville Fire Rescue Squad to Nassau University Medical Center, where he was treated for head trauma and other injuries.
Despite the obstacles, Mahler said it took rescuers just 7 minutes to cut away the tree, cut open the car and get the patient into an ambulance.