PHOTOS: Driver trapped in wrecked car for five hours

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Eric Francis

Volunteer firefighters just happened to notice car in woods

PLYMOUTH NOTCH - A driver was trapped in the wreckage of his car for nearly five hours on Sunday morning after he missed a sharp curve on Route 100A near the entrance to the Calvin Coolidge State Forest and plunged down a wooded embankment.

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    The car ended up against a tree about 20 yards from the pavement but below the eye-level of most drivers traveling along the winding and mountainous roadway.

    Luckily, a group of Bridgewater volunteer firefighters who were out hunting noticed the car as they drove past around 9:45 a.m. and they immediately stopped and sprang into action.    

    After the Plymouth and Bridgewater fire departments responded to the scene, along with Plymouth First Response and the Bridgewater FAST Squad, an extrication effort involving nearly 30 rescue personnel commenced and after nearly an hour-long effort Michael Gianola, 23, of Tyson was freed from his car and taken by a Woodstock Ambulance crew to the Rutland Regional Medical Center for treatment of chest injuries which were not believed to be life-threatening.

    The crash is under investigation by the Windsor County Sheriff’s Department.

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