Emergency responders had to cut off a steering wheel to free a woman pinned in her car after a violent, two-vehicle crash last Friday on U.S. 380 in Bridgeport.
Carol A. Fewell, 66, of Azle was driving a gold, two-door 1971 Dodge Dart Swinger when she ran into the back of a tractor trailer at 5 p.m. She was traveling westbound, and the truck was stopped at the red light at the intersection of U.S. 380 and County Road 1304.
The front of the gold car crumpled, driving the steering wheel into Fewell’s chest and abdomen. Bridgeport Volunteer Fire Department and Wise County medics worked to free the woman from the wreckage, ultimately removing the steering wheel so they could extricate her.
Fewell was transported to Wise Regional Bridgeport, where a helicopter immediately flew her to Texas Health Harris Methodist Fort Worth for severe injuries.
“I heard that as she was driving up the sun was in her eyes, and she couldn’t see the light or the truck in front of her,” said Jerry Upton with Bridgeport Police Department.
None of the five people seated in the truck were injured. Fewell was by herself in the car.
It was the second major accident at that intersection in the last week.
“I don’t know why we have wrecks here,” Upton said. “The road is wide open and straight for a while here, and the light is not new anymore.”
Fewell was still hospitalized at Texas Health Harris Methodist Fort Worth as of Tuesday afternoon.