— Photo by Joe Gibbons/The Telegram
St. John’s Regional Fire Department firefighters from the Mount Pearl fire station had to use the Jaws-of-Life to cut the roof off of this Chrysler 300 car to free the lone female driver from her car after it hydroplaned on the Outer Ring Road over the lunch-hour today. The accident occurred about 1 p.m. when the woman was heading east and lost control in the build-up of water just east of the Paradise exit. A firefighter is shown tending to the victim inside her car to keep her immobilized before she was able to be fully immobilized and placed on a spine board and taken to the Health Sciences Centre via ambulance As emergency crews were attending to this scene, other emergency personel had to be dispatched to a second accident, also in the east bound lane, this one just west of the off-ramp to the Paradise entrance. Injuries weren’t believed to be of a serious nature in either of the two accidents.