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Firefighters extricate driver from SUV after rollover crash in Ocala

A driver was extricated by firefighters on Monday afternoon following a two-vehicle collision that occurred near an intersection in Ocala.

On Monday, shortly before 3:35 p.m., Ocala Fire Rescue units consisting of Engine 4, Rescue 4, Tower 1, Battalion Chiefs 11 and 22, and a Safety Officer were dispatched to the intersection of SW College Road and SW 27th Avenue due to reports of a vehicle accident with rollover.

Crash with rollover (December 5, 2022) - Ocala Fire Rescue fire trucks at scene of crash
Ocala Fire Rescue units at the scene of the accident (Photo courtesy of Ocala Fire Rescue)

Upon arrival, firefighters observed a red compact SUV on its roof, and the vehicle was blocking both southbound lanes of SW 27th Avenue. The second vehicle involved in the accident, a silver sedan, was parked at a nearby establishment, according to OFR.

Crash with rollover (December 5, 2022) - Ocala Fire Rescue firefighters stabilizing SUV
The SUV rolled onto its roof after the collision (Photo courtesy of Ocala Fire Rescue)
Crash with rollover (December 5, 2022) - silver sedan
The silver sedan sustained front-end damage in the crash (Photo courtesy of Ocala Fire Rescue)

OFR stated that the occupants of the sedan were ambulatory, and the driver of the SUV was trapped.

Crash with rollover (December 5, 2022) - Ocala Fire Rescue firefighters extricating driver
Firefighters removing the driver’s side doors of the SUV to extricate the driver (Photo courtesy of Ocala Fire Rescue)

While firefighters stabilized the SUV and prepared for extrication, medics assessed the condition of the driver. Firefighters proceeded to use hydraulic tools to remove both doors on the driver’s side of the SUV to gain access to the driver.

Crash with rollover (December 5, 2022) - Ocala Fire Rescue firefighters extricating the SUV's driver
Firefighters extricating the SUV’s driver (Photo courtesy of Ocala Fire Rescue)

After being removed from the SUV, the driver was transported to a local hospital for evaluation. OFR stated that no other injuries were reported.

The Ocala Police Department and Marion County Fire Rescue also responded to the scene of the accident.