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Witnesses Join Police, Fire to Lift Car, Free Trapped Woman



    Dallas PD Praised in Heroic Rescue

    A group of Dallas police officers, firefighters and citizens are credited with lifting a car off a woman who was trapped after a motorcycle crash. (Published Thursday, July 23, 2015)

    The Dallas Police Department released dashcam video Thursday showing the remarkable rescue of a trapped motorcyclist by police, firefighters and citizens.

    At about 9:45 p.m. July 9, Dallas police and fire were called to the scene of a major crash near Greenville Avenue and Bryan Parkway, where a female motorcycle rider was trapped under a car.

    Police arrived within 30 seconds and first attempted to use a jack to raise the vehicle and free the woman, but the attempt failed.

    As the woman gasped for air beneath the crushing weight of the vehicle, police officers, firefighters and citizens joined together to use "unified physical human strength" to lift the car enough to allow the woman to be pulled to safety.

    RAW: Watch Bystanders, First Responders Lift Car Off Woman

    [NATL] RAW: Watch Bystanders, First Responders Lift Car Off Woman
    Watch emergency responders and bystanders join forces to lift a car from a motorcycle rider who was trapped following a traffic accident. Dallas police on Thursday released patrol car video of the July 9 rescue.
    (Published Friday, July 24, 2015)

    The officers who saved her life spoke at Dallas Police Headquarters Thursday. They say when they arrived,  they saw her trapped and knew they had to do something very quickly.

    "Once I saw all the people I realized there are definitely enough people to lift up a four-door sedan. I told the firefighters, 'There are enough of us here. Let’s just lift it up.' So he kind of, 'Oh OK.' and everybody just rushed up," said Officer Laura Beddow.

    Dashcam video recorded the Herculean team effort as the vehicle was lifted and the woman was freed.

    The motorcycle rider was rushed to a nearby hospital and sustained no major injuries from the crash.

    Tim Bates, the attorney for the rescued woman, released the following statement on her behalf Thursday evening, saying his client is "grateful and thankful for the excellent service provided by the Dallas Police Officers and Firefighters that saved her life," as well as the bystanders involved. 

    "In over 25 years of handling thousands of violent collision cases, this was the finest Police and Fireman work I have ever seen. Dallas should be proud of these great Police Officers and Firemen."

    He said his client is not providing interviews currently, as her injuries are "serious and exhausting." 

    NBC 5's Julie Fine contributed to this report.