BFD Jaws needed to extricate woman

BROOKINGS – The Jaws of Life were needed to extricate a driver after an accident on 22nd Avenue South Tuesday, according to the Brookings Police.

The accident was reported at 1:25 p.m. Tuesday and occurred at the intersection of 22nd Avenue South and Eastbrook Drive, Assistant Chief Derrick Powers said.

Rae Jordan, 60, of Brookings, was driving a 2018 Toyota RAV 4 on Eastbrook and was stopped at the stop sign at the intersection with 22nd Avenue South, ready to turn left onto 22nd Avenue South to travel south, Powers said.

Mark McMullen, 49, of Madison, was driving a 2004 Chevy Silverado north on 22nd Avenue South in the inside lane with another vehicle driving in the outside lane. 

“(That) vehicle on the outside lane … was turning right off of 22nd onto Eastbrook, which blocked her view where she didn’t see (McMullen’s) vehicle on the inside lane … and proceeded to turn left, at which point the two vehicles collided,” Powers said.

“The pickup hit her vehicle on the driver’s side,” Powers said. 

He had no information on the vehicle that was in the outside lane.

“It appears it blocked the view,” Powers said.

Both drivers were wearing seat belts, he added.

The Brookings Fire Department and Brookings Ambulance responded to the scene.

“She was trapped in the vehicle due to the damage, so they responded with Jaws,” Powers said.

Authorities were on the scene about an hour, he said.

Jordan was transported to the Brookings hospital, Powers said.

Both vehicles had to be towed from the scene due to extensive damage, Powers said.

There are no charges, he added.

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