Firefighters arrived to find the teenager trapped in her Nissan SUV. The motorist was driving toward Macedonia, left the highway, overcorrected and traveled across the roadway and down an embankment before hitting a tree, according to a Cherokee County deputy.
The driver side of the SUV hit the tree, which resulted in the entrapment. A passerby notified authorities and told them the driver’s foot was pinned against the gas pedal, causing the tires to keep spinning.
Firefighters used the Jaws of Life to remove the driver, reports show. She was transported by ambulance to a life flight helicopter at Kroger in Macedonia.
The injured driver had moderate injuries to her legs and face and was transported to WellStar-Kennestone Hospital in Marietta in stable condition, reports showed.
Both lanes of East Cherokee Drive were blocked until the extrication was complete. One lane of the highway reopened at about 1:20 p.m. The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office is still investigating.