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Driver partially ejected in one-vehicle rollover

May 12, 2014 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer

A female driver suffered non-life-threatening injuries after a one-vehicle rollover April 27 that closed an intersection on the Wind River Indian Reservation.

The Riverton Volunteer Fire Department responded to the crash, which was reported at about 10:35 p.m. April 27 at the intersection of Rendezvous and 17 Mile roads. RVFD chief Mike Hutchison said the driver was northbound on Rendezvous Road when for unknown reasons her vehicle left the roadway and rolled, coming to rest on its side.

According to reports, the driver was partially ejected, but she also was partially pinned under the vehicle.

"She basically got thrown partway out the driver's window, and when the vehicle finally stopped rolling it was kind of partway on top of her," Hutchison said.

Officials at the scene said the woman's legs and upper body were touching the ground, but her waist was stuck inside of the vehicle.

"Her seatbelt was around her midsection," Hutchison explained. "When she got thrown out it kind of caught her."

The driver's side door had come to rest above the woman, he continued, but the vehicle was dented and so did not crush her.

"If it still had been in the original position, it would have had her smashed," Hutchison said. "But as it rolled, it pushed that metal out of the way and just kind of left space for her, basically. ... She wasn't completely under the vehicle."

Regardless, responders had to stabilize the car and lift it slightly to remove the woman from the scene. Hutchison guessed she was in her 30s, and he thinks her car was totaled in the crash.

The vehicle blocked one lane, Hutchison said, and officials closed the intersection for at least an hour while the scene was cleared.