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Burbank firefighters use 'Jaws of Life' to extricate woman

April 02, 2012

Burbank firefighters were forced to use the Jaws of Life on Saturday to extricate a woman from her car after it was struck by a motorist who was allegedly driving drunk.

The collision, which occurred at Vanowen and Valley streets shortly after 6 p.m., pinned the woman inside her sedan, prompting firefighters to peel pack the roof to get her out. She reportedly suffered at least one broken leg and was taken to a nearby hospital.

The driver of the other car -- identified by police as Richard Wakefield, 54, of Castic -- was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.

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-- Ross A. Benson, for Times Community News

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