The so-called Jaws of Life were used Sunday night to retrieve two women the wreckage one car involved in a four vehicle accident, said Capt. Kevin Murray with the Vancouver Fire Department.
Murray said the accident happened near Southeast 164th Avenue and Tech Center Drive at 10:06 with firefighters arriving four minutes later.
A woman driver and her elderly front-seat passenger, also a woman, were extricated from one car. A hydraulic tool was used to remove both front doors. The women’s injuries appeared serious, Murray said. A boy in the back received non-life-threatening injuries, Murray said. All were taken to an area hospital.
Five ambulances took the injured to hospitals, Murray said. The patients’ injuries were considered traumatic, which means they were taken to a hospital in which surgeons were available to provide immediate care.
“This was as critical as it gets for us,” Murray said.
He did not have a precise number of patients treated. Six firefighters responded along with the American Medical Response ambulance crews.
The Vancouver Police Department is investigating.