Jaws of Life Needed in High-Speed Downtown Bellevue Physical Rescue Crash

Jacob Kimerer

Fire crews used the Jaws of Life after a high-speed crash right in front of their fire station overnight.

Bellevue, WA: Just before midnight, emergency crews received a report of a single vehicle collision at the intersection of Southeast 8th Street and Bellevue Way Southeast in downtown Bellevue in front of Station 1.

When fire crews exited the fire station, they found one vehicle off the roadway with heavy damage and the driver trapped inside. The call was upgraded to a rescue response to bring in additional resources to help extricate the driver.

Crews had to use the Jaws of Life and several other tools to remove the roof of the vehicle to get to and treat the driver.

The driver was safely removed after about 20 minutes.

The driver of the vehicle was transported to an area hospital with what are believed to be not serious or life-threatening injuries.

As you can see in the photos the vehicle, believed to be a Subaru, suffered heavy damage.