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Firefighters use airbags to free trapped man after rollover

(Photo by Neal Klaeser)
(Photo by Neal Klaeser)(KWTX)
Published: Aug. 13, 2018 at 2:47 PM CDT
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Firefighters had to use airbags Monday afternoon to free a man trapped beneath the roof of his overturned pickup after a one-vehicle crash that closed a busy Waco intersection for hours.

The accident was reported at around 1:35 p.m. Monday at North 29th Street and West Waco Drive.

Witnesses told officers the man was driving east on Waco drive at a high rate of speed when he lost control of the pickup in a curve, Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said.

The pickup struck the median and rolled at least three times, he said.

The driver was partially ejected during the first revolution, Swanton said, and his head ended up trapped beneath the roof of the pickup.

Once he was freed, he was taken to Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Medical Center with life-threatening injuries, Swanton said.

Police are investigating whether alcohol may have been a factor in the crash, he said.

The intersection was still closed late Monday afternoon, but Swanton said investigators expected to reopen it to traffic soon.

No other vehicles were involved in the accident, he said.