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Driver extricated from vehicle in Franklin crash

The Franklin Fire Department had to extricate a woman from a vehicle Monday evening after she drove through a guardrail and rolled down a 50-foot embankment off Hill Road. Fire officials did not have details on her injuries, but she was conscious at the scene and the injuries did not appear to be life threatening.

“The driver was lucky, their injuries could have been much worse,” Franklin fire Captain Bruce Goldthwaite said in a statement.

The crash happened just before 6 p.m., and the cause has not been determined. The driver, who was the only person in the car, was not wearing a seat belt.

When the fire department arrived, the car was on its side against a tree with the driver’s side down, trapping the driver in the car, Franklin fire Captain Jason Jenkins said. A helicopter from the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Advanced Response Team was called to the scene. The vehicle was stabilized, then hydraulic extrication tools were used to cut the vehicle so the driver could be removed. The driver was transported up the embankment with a rope haul system, then transported in the helicopter to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.

Hill Fire Department helped create a landing zone for the helicopter and Tilton/Northfield Fire Department provided coverage for the Franklin station.

(Kathleen Ronayne can be reached at 369-3309 or or on Twitter at @kronayne.)

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