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FD: Car hits tree in Flagstaff, man stuck inside

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Posted at 10:49 PM, Oct 03, 2015
and last updated 2015-10-04 01:49:06-04

A retired fire chief from Arizona provided care to a man who was trapped inside a car that hit a tree just south of Flagstaff on Sunday afternoon. 

According to the Flagstaff Fire Department, three young men were traveling in a sedan-like car when it ran off the road at Purple Sage Trail and hit a tree. 

The driver and a passenger were able to exit the car, with only minor injuries sustained, but a second passenger in the front seat was trapped after the car's dashboard came crashing down on his lower legs, officials said. 

A retired fire chief who was in the area at the time saw the vehicle, and provided care and comfort to the trapped man. 

Fire crews who were dispatched to the area used a "jaws of life" tool to help extricate the individual out of the car. He was transported to a hospital and treated for two broken femurs. 

Fire officials said the vehicle was traveling at a high speed on a wash-board dirt, which caused the driver to lose control of the car. 

The Flagstaff Fire Department would like to remind drivers to drive at "speeds consistent with posted limits."