Driver freed after slamming into 18-wheeler, getting trapped several feet under, firefighters say

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Sunday, December 25, 2022
Driver gets trapped after slamming into big rig on North Fwy, HFD says
Houston firefighters saved a man who was trapped under an 18-wheeler after slamming into the big rig on the North Freeway, HFD says.

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- One man is spending Christmas in the hospital after being trapped underneath an 18-wheeler during a crash on the north freeway, according to first responders.

On Sunday, Houston firefighters responded to a fire due to a wreck at about 12:30 a.m. near West Gulf Bank.

Upon arrival, firefighters discovered the driver of the truck was stuck several feet underneath the big rig.

Crews used heavy rescue to lift the trailer off of the truck and cut all the doors to free the driver, according to HFD District Chief Alvin McCrorey.

"He ran up under the 18-wheeler three or four feet. Caused all that stuff to be pinned down on top of him so we had to get the trailer lifted up, everything cut away, dash off him, seat back. It's a technical operation to get him out," McCrorey said.

The man was flown to Memorial Hermann and is expected to be OK. The driver of the 18-wheeler was not injured, according to first responders.

"The guy's going to live another day because of these guys out here," McCrorey said.

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