Occupants became trapped when a vehicle turned on its side Dec. 6 in Park Rapids.
According to the Park Rapids Police Department’s incident report, police officers and a Hubbard County Sheriff’s deputy responded at 9:02 p.m. to a report of a single-vehicle crash with a rollover on State Hwy. 34 at Franklin Ave. They arrived to find a westbound 2019 Black Jeep Cherokee lying on its driver’s side. Airbags had deployed.
A deputy used his squad vehicle to brace against the roof of the Jeep to keep it from turning onto its roof. Officers climbed onto the squad car to gain access to the side of the vehicle in the air.
Inside, they found driver Sarah Olsen, 33, and passenger Aaron Olsen, 44, both of Menahga, still belted into their seats and unable to get out of the Jeep.
Aaron told officers that Sarah was having a seizure and was unconscious, and that he was unable to move due to being trapped in his seat belt. The vehicle doors were locked and power locks were not working.
The rear passenger window of the Jeep was broken to allow a police officer to jump inside the Jeep and hold a cervical spine brace on Sarah until ambulance personnel arrived and placed a collar around her neck.
Aaron told the officer that Sarah began feeling unwell, so he asked her to stop the vehicle. She did not stop, and had a seizure while driving.
Park Rapids Fire Department personnel arrived and took over extrication efforts. The Jeep was further braced and the roof was removed to allow the occupants to be removed safely.
Both occupants were transported by North Memorial Ambulance to CHI St. Joseph’s Health for medical attention to Aaron’s possible injuries and Sarah’s suspected minor injuries.
Police officers assisted with traffic control while medical and fire personnel cleared the scene. The Jeep was removed from the scene by Nick’s Cenex Service.
A stop sign was also damaged in the crash, and the squad car received minor damage from people standing on the hood.