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March 8, 2014

Neighbors, rescuers free woman trapped under car

LAWRENCE—Neighbors and firefighters worked together Thursday evening to free a young mother who was trapped under a car after an accident on Marston Street.

Police said the 22-year-old woman’s twin daughters were inside the Honda Accord when the car rolled out of her driveway at 18 Marston St. while she was standing outside the car at 5:35 p.m.

The woman chased the rolling car, trying to stop it. But she was run over and pinned under the rear axle, according to a police report.

One neighbor was able to throw the car into park while others nearby grabbed tools and jacked up the car trying to reduce the pressure on her body, police said.

Lawrence firefighters arrived and used special airbags to raise up the car. Their efforts allowed paramedics to safely remove the woman from underneath the car.

The mother, who was not identified yesterday by police, suffered a severe injury to her left leg “as well as a crushing mid-section injury,” according to a police report by Officer Joseph Padellaro.

Padellaro was on patrol in the area when he was flagged down by a motorist who reported a bad accident at Marston and Storrow streets.

The woman was conscious and talking when rescuers arrived but said “she does not have any feeling from her waist down,” according to Padellaro’s report.

The woman was first taken to Lawrence General Hospital and later airlifted by medical helicopter to Tufts Medical Center in Boston for treatment. Her condition was unknown yesterday.

Her daughters, whose ages weren’t on the police report, were both buckled properly and safely in child seats in the back seat, Padellaro wrote.

The children were unharmed and were released to their father and grandfather about 20 minutes after the accident, Padellaro said.

The accident remains under investigation by police.

Follow staff reporter Jill Harmacinski on Twitter @EagleTribJill.

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