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VIDEO: Driver trapped after car careens into woods near L-P

Firefighters work to free driver, pull patient up hillside

Peru firefighters needed less than 20 minutes to free a woman from a car that went off a city street, over a 6-foot-tall earthen berm and plunged into the woods, lodging on its top, against a tree.

Just after 7 p.m. Tuesday, Peru police, firefighters and EMTs were called to 12th Street just east of the Y intersection with Westclox Avenue about three blocks northwest of La Salle-Peru Township High School.

A witness told police he was in yard at a house on 12th Street when he heard the engine of a car racing eastward on 12th at a high rpm and then heard a boom and two thumps. He crossed the street to find a small car on its top.

Peru firefighters determined a way to get the motorist out of the car by popping out a window. They used chainsaws to cut a path through the brush for the ambulance stokes basket and firefighters to carry the patient up a hillside to an ambulance. Firefighters on the hill held a rope to help the firefighters get up the hill.

Police were working on a report.

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