One injured in Holland Road crash

Published 9:10 pm Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Suffolk firefighters used the “Jaws of Life” to rescue a 64-year-old Suffolk woman overturned her car on Route 58. The woman was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

A 64-year-old Suffolk woman was transported to Sentara Obici Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries following a single-vehicle crash near the Tidewater Agricultural Research and Extension Center on Holland Road on Tuesday.

Suffolk firefighters used the “Jaws of Life” to rescue the woman from her overturned vehicle, according to Suffolk spokeswoman Diana Klink.

Barbara Morris was the only occupant of the Jeep Cherokee, which crashed at about 1:29 p.m., according to a press release from Klink’s office. Morris had been traveling eastbound in the left lane of U.S. Route 58, when she drove off the road and onto the shoulder, causing her car to slide sideways into the guardrail and, eventually, to flip over on its roof, Klink stated.

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Morris was trapped in her overturned vehicle, supported only by her seatbelt, when rescue workers arrived on the scene. Firefighters were able to extricate her by popping the doors of her vehicle with the cutting tool and crawling inside the vehicle.

Morris, who was transported by ambulance to the hospital, was charged with failure to maintain proper control. One eastbound and one westbound lane of the road were briefly closed during the rescue operation.