"One of the best decisions I had ever made"
- Joseph Lugo
Emergency responders were greeted with an unusual situation when they arrived at the scene of a crash in Islip Terrace NY, early in the morning on Thursday, February 16.
According to officials, they found the car flipped up on its nose and propped up against a tree.
“It looked like it was dropped from an airplane,” said Islip Terrace Fire Chief Joe Rosadio. “It was on its nose with the trunk facing the sky, leaning against the tree, and the only thing holding it up was a dead branch.”
Because of the vehicle’s precarious position, rescue crews needed to remain alert in case the case the car began to fall over and potentially injure more people. They worked quickly to rescue the trapped driver, and used the equipment from their trucks to stabilize the car.
“We secured the axle with some heavy chains to the tree behind it, and then we used strapping, tied that off to another tree,” Rosadio said, “and then we used a ladder to keep it from falling forward.”
While officials are still speculating as to how the vehicle ended up in this dangerous position, Rosadio speculated that the driver rolled their car and skidded along the road upside down before hitting the tree where its momentum lifted the rear up in the air.
“Nine years I’ve been doing this. I’ve never seen anything like it,” said Islip Terrace fire Lt. Joseph Felder. “The guys did a phenomenal job. They were able to extricate her fast.”
The driver was transported to Northwell Health Southside Hospital to receive treatment for their injuries after the crews managed to successfully free them from the upturned vehicle.