PRINCE GEORGE, VA (WWBT) - A trip along I-95 took a terrifying turn for a couple in Prince George County. Their RV ran off the highway and straight into a ravine on Tuesday afternoon.
One man managed to climb out and wait on top of the wreckage for rescuers. A woman was trapped underneath the vehicle. Virginia State Police say the woman is facing serious to life threatening injuries and was flown to VCU medical center.
State police say the RV, which was towing a car, blew a tire just before the I-295 interchange on I-95 northbound, near mile marker 46. The car hit a guardrail, traveled off the embankment for 100 feet, and ended up submerged in a pond.
Tommy Urso pulled over to help just after the RV crashed.
"The way people were running, I knew that something was down there. So I pulled over too," said Urso, who spent seven years as an EMT. "[The RV] jumped the ravine."
Urso says the man was able to pull himself out of the wreck, waiting on top of the RV for help. However, he says the woman was trapped, with her legs pinned under the mangled RV. Urso says he and some other passersby aided first responders in clearing a heavy fender off the woman.
"It was a big chunk. It took three of us to move it out of the way. We cut some debris around to where we could get that out… There she was, right up underneath everything," described Urso.
Another firefighter was able to free her legs. The woman was then med-flight to VCU Medical Center.
Crews worked to contain a fuel leak and clear the mess, which took at least two hours.
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