Crews of firefighters using specialized equipment worked for more than two hours to free a driver trapped in the wreckage of their car after a grinding crash on Dougherty Road Thursday night.
The crash was first reported at 6:45 p.m., with neighbors reporting the sound of an impact in the area. Passersby stopping to investigate and help found debris and a car wrapped “like a taco” around a tree, the driver pinned inside and asking for help.
“When I got there there was another pedestrian calling 911,” said Aman Gill, who stopped to help with his son. “I tried to get the guy out of the car but (there were) way too many mangled branches in the way plus the car was upside down… I could hear the driver meaning and groaning saying ‘please get me out.’ There was a small fire near the engine but the first cop (put) it out real quick.”
Gill, and dozens of others contacting this site expressed their concern for the trapped driver.
“I hope he survived,” Gill said.
Friends and family members said the 19-year-old Pleasanton man underwent surgery Thursday night and has been listed in critical condition with multiple fractures, a lung injury, and injuries to his right leg.
San Ramon Police Capt. Denton Carlson said the first officer arrived at the scene of the crash at 6:47 pm. The car, a two-door Nissan coupe, had rolled over multiple times and was found pinned against a tree near Dougherty Road and Oak Valley Drive. The engine compartment was on fire, Carlson said, and the driver was pinned inside.
Responding officers extinguished the fire, Carlson confirmed, and the driver was transported to the Eden Valley Medical Center via air ambulance.