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Mass. Teen Trapped Under Car Rescued by Three Off-Duty First Responders

WALTHAM, Mass. (WGGB/ABC) — A 14-year-old girl survived being pinned under a car Thursday afternoon, thanks to the efforts of two off-duty police officers and an off-duty firefighter.

Waltham Police say that the girl and an 18-year-old man were hit by a 2007 Hyundai Sonata that was leaving the parking lot of the Waltham Racquet Club as they walked on the sidewalk at 238 Lexington Street.

The man was thrown to the side, but the girl was dragged under the car and trapped.

Waltham Police officer Jeffrey Fogg, who was off-duty and witnessed the incident, ran across the street to Boston Muffler and got a jack to lift the car up.

Fogg, along with Sgt. Steven Fournier and Waltham firefighter Matthew MacEwen, who were also off-duty, used the jack to lift the Hyundai and get the girl out.

In video captured by a passerby and provided by Waltham Police, you can see emergency crews surround the right side of the car. While that passerby indicates that the car was hit from behind, Waltham Police Sgt. William Gallant says that that was not the case, adding that it was a single car accident and no other vehicles were involved.

The girl was taken to Mass. General Hospital in Boston with serious injuries, but was said to be in stable condition Friday.

The man was treated at Newton-Wellesley Hospital in Newton for minor injuries.

Waltham Police say that the driver did not appear to be impaired. The crash remains under investigation.


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