Richmond fire crews extract woman trapped in car after crash

RICHMOND, Calif. (KTVU and wires) -- Richmond fire crews cut off the driver's side door of a vehicle to extricate a woman after her car struck several parked cars and came to rest against a tree this morning, according to police and fire officials.

Fire Capt. Rico Rincon said paramedics responded to the 5600 block of Burlingame Avenue just after 6 a.m. on a report of a solo vehicle crash.

Police Sgt. Nicole Abetkov said the 41-year-old Oakland driver may have been under the influence of drugs or alcohol when her car struck the parked cars.

Fire crews weren't able to physically open the driver's side door to get to the woman because it was completely smashed in, Rincon said. Instead, firefighters used hydraulic rescue tools, commonly known as Jaws of Life, to remove the driver's side door.

The woman suffered minor injuries in the crash and was transported to a hospital, Rincon said.

The extrication took roughly five minutes and Rincon said fire crews were on scene for roughly 20 minutes.

The woman, whose name was not immediately available, may face criminal charges pending toxicology results and further investigation, Abetkov said.