Jaws of Life helps free Fremont High students from flipped car

Apr 11 2013 - 11:58pm

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First responders from Ogden and Weber fire departments move one person to a waiting ambulance while others work to remove a second passenger from a car that flipped into a ditch along Pioneer Road in Plain City on Thursday. Four people, all Fremont High School students, were transported to the hospital with injuries that officials say did not appear to be life-threatening. (BENJAMIN ZACK/Standard-Examiner)
Ogden and Weber fire department workers remove a passenger from a rolled car Thursday on Pioneer Road in Plain City. Four Fremont High students were transported to the hospital with injuries that appeared nonlife-threatening.
(BENJAMIN ZACK/Standard-Examiner)
First responders from Ogden and Weber Fire Departments remove a passenger from a rolled car at 1416 Pioneer Road in Plain City on Thursday, Aprril 11, 2013. Four passengers, all Fremont High School students, were transported to the hospital with injuries that appeared nonlife-threatening, officials say. (BENJAMIN ZACK/Standard-Examiner)
First responders from Ogden and Weber fire departments remove a passenger from a rolled car at 1416 Pioneer Road in Plain City on Thursday, April 11, 2013. Four passengers, all Fremont High School students, were transported to the hospital with injuries that appeared nonlife-threatening, officials say. (BENJAMIN ZACK/Standard-Examiner)
First responders from Ogden and Weber fire departments move one person to a waiting ambulance while others work to remove a second passenger from a car that flipped into a ditch along Pioneer Road in Plain City on Thursday. Four people, all Fremont High School students, were transported to the hospital with injuries that officials say did not appear to be life-threatening. (BENJAMIN ZACK/Standard-Examiner)
Ogden and Weber fire department workers remove a passenger from a rolled car Thursday on Pioneer Road in Plain City. Four Fremont High students were transported to the hospital with injuries that appeared nonlife-threatening.
(BENJAMIN ZACK/Standard-Examiner)
First responders from Ogden and Weber Fire Departments remove a passenger from a rolled car at 1416 Pioneer Road in Plain City on Thursday, Aprril 11, 2013. Four passengers, all Fremont High School students, were transported to the hospital with injuries that appeared nonlife-threatening, officials say. (BENJAMIN ZACK/Standard-Examiner)
First responders from Ogden and Weber fire departments remove a passenger from a rolled car at 1416 Pioneer Road in Plain City on Thursday, April 11, 2013. Four passengers, all Fremont High School students, were transported to the hospital with injuries that appeared nonlife-threatening, officials say. (BENJAMIN ZACK/Standard-Examiner)

PLAIN CITY -- Crews used the Jaws of Life on Thursday to rescue two Fremont High School students from a car that flipped into a ditch.

Weber County Sheriff's Deputy Denton Harper said four students were in the car, heading back to school from lunch.

The vehicle was traveling west on Pioneer Road around 2 p.m., and the driver took a corner too fast and flipped the car. The car, a Buick Century, landed upside down in a ditch on the side of the road.

Two teenagers in the back seat kicked out the rear window and climbed out of the car, Harper said. But the driver and front passenger -- also both teenagers -- were trapped, and the Weber County Fire Department had to use the Jaws of Life to get them out.

All four teens were transported to an area hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening, Harper said.

He said anytime an accident that serious happens, people involved are fortunate to walk away without major injury.

"It was controlled chaos, but everybody was professional, and Weber County Fire was able to get them out," Harper said. "Given the situation, everybody in the car is lucky."

Police said the driver denied using a cellphone at the time of the accident but admitted speed may have been a factor.

Harper said that is a reminder that the phone isn't the only thing that can divert a driver's attention from the road.

"It's very important to make sure you're not distracted. It goes to show that, even if you're just talking with your friends, it's still important to pay attention to the road."

A decision on whether to cite the driver is pending, Harper said. The names of the teens involved were not released.

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