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Crews Use Jaws of Life in Route 40 Crash in Joppa

A woman was seriously injured in the crash, Joppa Magnolia Volunteer Fire Company reported.

Crash on Route 40 at Joppa Farm Road; Feb. 12, 2014. (Credit: Joppa-Magnolia Volunteer Fire Company)
Crash on Route 40 at Joppa Farm Road; Feb. 12, 2014. (Credit: Joppa-Magnolia Volunteer Fire Company)
US Route 40 was closed for approximately one hour after a crash in which a woman was seriously injured, officials said.

A 57-year-old woman was trapped in her vehicle on Route 40 at Joppa Farm Road after a crash, and first responders had to use the jaws of life to get her out, according to Joppa-Magnolia Volunteer Fire Company, which was dispatched to the call at 1:56 p.m.

Joppa-Magnolia's crews arrived at 2:02 p.m. and "using the jaws of life to peel the mangled metal" away from her, they extricated the woman from the car by 2:13 p.m., the fire company reported.

The woman was taken by helicopter to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center, and Joppa-Magnolia said she was "seriously injured."

The other driver involved in the crash was not injured, according to the report.

All lanes of Route 40 were closed at approximately 2:15 p.m. following the crash, according to the Coordinated Highways Action Response Team.

The westbound side of Route 40 reopened at 2:48 p.m., Joppa-Magnolia Volunteer Fire Company reported.

By 3:30 p.m. all lanes were open on Route 40.

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