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Festus firefighters freed a woman who was trapped in a vehicle after she lost control near the Larry G. Crites Memorial Park and ran off the road and down a hill. The incident occurred about 7:30 p.m. Feb. 27, Festus Police Chief Tim Lewis said.

“A 2019 Ford Escape driven northbound on Sunshine Drive just past Hillsboro Road ran off the east side of the road, struck a trash can and continued down the hill and struck trees before coming to rest down the hill,” he said. “She was extricated by Festus Fire.”

Lewis said the woman was taken by Joachim-Plattin Ambulance to an area hospital for treatment, but he did not know the extent of her injuries.

The Escape was significantly damaged, Lewis said.

Festus Fire Chief Kevin Cremer said the extrication was difficult because of where the vehicle came to rest.

“They had to cut the windshield out,” Cremer said. “She was 20 feet down the cliff. We hauled her up in a Stokes basket (stretcher).”

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