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Incident traps Petersburg woman in vehicle

Petersburg police are investigating a Sunday accident that trapped a woman in an SUV.

Assistant Fire Chief David Berg says the call came in about 5 p.m. Sunday. Emergency crews responded and found the late-model vehicle off Three Lakes Loop Road.

“The vehicle went off the right side of the road into the ditch and rested up against a tree. And when it came up against the tree, it caused damage to the passenger door on the right side, front seat. And that’s what trapped the passenger in the vehicle,” Berg says.

He says the woman, in her 20s, could not leave the SUV. Responders from the fire department used the “jaws of life” cutting tool to get her out.

The driver and another passenger, both men, were able to leave the vehicle on their own.

An ambulance took one of the men and the woman to the Petersburg Medical Center for treatment. There are no details on the injuries, but Berg says they did not appear to be life-threatening.

He describes the woman as being in “pretty good shape, considering the circumstances.”

“From what we understand, none of the occupants in the vehicle were wearing seat belts and they may have driven off the road being distracted by bright sun in the face of the driver,” Berg says.

Police were also called to the scene. They say they are investigating the incident. No charges have been filed so far.

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