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Tuesday
May142013

State Police Officer Saves Girl Trapped Under Flipped SUV

(CIBOLA COUNTY, N.M.) -- A New Mexico State Police Officer responding to the scene of a vehicle roll-over on Interstate 40, saved a girl last Wednesday who had been trapped under the flipped SUV, the New Mexico Department of Public Safety announced Tuesday.

The accident occurred on May 8 at 7:40 a.m. when a black Ford SUV rolled-over near milepost 92 on I-40. Officer Steven Nunez arrived at the scene, and noticed that a girl was trapped underneath the roof of the upside-down vehicle.

The SUV was crushing three quarters of the 8-year-old’s body, according to police. Nunez had already called in for an ambulance, and attempted to life the vehicle using a jack, but had been unsuccessful.

Suddenly Nunez noticed that she had stopped breathing. When she gasped suddenly, Nunez “realized action needed to be taken immediately, or else the girl would die,” according to the department.

Nunez called over four bystanders, and the five of them were able to lift the vehicle up enough to get the girl out.  She was taken to UNMH via air ambulance, where she is reportedly in serious but stable condition.

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