A woman dialed 911 with her toes after her hands were crushed by her car as she tried to change a tire.
The incident began when the 54-year-old woman got a flat tire while driving northbound on Interstate 95 in Colleton County, South Carolina on Sunday.
She used a jack to raise her car, removed the flat tire and started replacing it with a spare – but the jack slipped and the car fell, crushing her hands between the fender and the tire.
‘She was trapped on the side of the dark interstate, experiencing excruciating pain,’ Colleton County Fire Rescue officials (CCFR) said.
The woman’s hands were stuck for approximately 35 minutes until she was able to remove her shoes and access her cell phone with her toes.How people in coronavirus hotel are being fed and looked after
‘After many attempts she was able to dial 911 with her toes and advise them of her predicament. Fire rescue units were dispatched to the rural stretch of 1-95,’ CCFR officials said, according to WCSC.
Fire officials used a prybar to free one of her arms then deflated the tire, but the woman’s hand remained clamped between the fender and the wheel as the car lowered.
‘Engine 26 arrived a short time later and the crew deployed a Holmatro Hydraulic Spreader to lift the car. This freed her other hand,’ CCFR officials said.
The woman was trapped for approximately 45 minutes and she suffered damage to both her hands and all of her fingers.
‘Firefighter-Paramedics treated her injuries and administered pain medications, then transported her to the Trauma Center at Trident Hospital in Fire-Rescue Medic 19,’ officials said.
Fire officials said the incident took place near the 68 mile marker on I-95. There have been no updates on the woman’s condition.