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July 13, 2012 at 10:30 PM

Seattle firefighters spend hour cutting man out of mangled SUV

A 49-year-old man was injured when his  SUV crashed into a light pole Friday night on Fairview Avenue near Eastlake.  (Photo by Alexa Vaughn)

Firefighters spent about an hour cutting a 49-year-old man out of an SUV that crashed into a light pole on Fairview Avenue E. near Eastlake about 8:30 p.m. Friday, Seattle Fire Department spokesman Kyle Moore said.

Two Madigan Army Medical Center doctors happened to be walking down the street when the man veered off the road near the intersection of Fairview and East Galer Street, Moore said.

The driver was stuck under the vehicle’s steering column and dashboard, but the doctors helped keep him stabilized him while waiting for  Seattle police and fire department rescuers to arrive.

“Basically the car caved in around him,” Moore said. “We basically peeled away at the car in order to free him.”

Moore said the man remained conscious throughout his removal while being given fluids and oxygen. He was then transferred to Harborview Medical Center with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

No one else was involved at the accident. Emergency personnel did not know what caused the crash.

Firefighters notified Seattle City Light about the broken light pole, but it was unknown whether an electric trolley line connected to the light pole would be affected for transit routes on Saturday.

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