NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) - Norfolk fire crews had to use the Jaws of Life to extricate a driver after a vehicle hit a tree Friday morning.
Capt. Mike Hicks with Norfolk Fire and Rescue said around 8:20 a.m. that crews were working in the 1100 block of Azalea Garden Road on a single-vehicle crash where the vehicle struck a tree. The driver of the vehicle was trapped.
Crews used the Jaws of Life to get the driver out, Hicks said. It took firefighters about 30 minutes to remove the driver. He has been transported to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital with life-threatening injuries.
WAVY News' Liz Palka spoke to witnesses on scene who said it looked as though the driver lost control and crashed into a tree. The engine caught fire and several people rushed to put the fire out and help the driver.
Azalea Garden Road from Village Avenue to Virginia Beach Boulevard has been closed. Traffic is able to utilize parking lots in the area to get around the scene.
Stay with WAVY.com for more on this developing story.
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