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May 15, 2013 6:14 PM by NBC News

Woman pinned between vehicle and tree when car speeds into her yard

(KSEE) Betsayda Hernandez is in a wheelchair, recovering from a broken right leg, and a bruised left leg, but not long ago - pinned between her car and a tree - she thought her injuries would be much worse.

"I think, 'I'm going to lose my legs,'" she says.

The 40-year-old packing house worker was in her driveway, about to run an errand, when a car crashed into her.

She says she asked the people who hit her for help, but they ran away.

A neighbor called 9-1-1, while Hernandez was stuck, in tremendous pain.

Fresno Fire Captain Chad Tucker was called in to help organize a technical rescue, the chain around the tree first stabilized the car from rolling. "Because she was kind of underneath the car, we needed to lift it and move it a special way, and so that's what these air bags allowed us to do."

Airbags, the jaws of life, and special cutters freed Hernandez in less than 30 minutes.

"I was praying in the car. Thank God everything was good.

"She believes it's a miracle she's still here, and thanks the firefighters for saving her.

Tucker says knowing she's okay means everything. "To see the minimal injuries that she had, it's pretty rewarding."



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