Metro-East News

Woman rushed to hospital after downtown Belleville crash

A woman had to be freed from her car Monday morning after a crash at Centreville Avenue and Lincoln Street in Belleville.

The crash happened shortly after 10 a.m. Monday within sight of St. Elizabeth’s Hospital.

According to Belleville Fire Department Capt. Joe Garland, firefighters had to remove the door from the female driver’s Volvo station wagon that was hit broadside by a man driving a Dodge pickup truck.

The woman was conscious and talking with firefighters as she was freed from her car and placed on a stretcher. She yelled in pain when she was removed from her car.

“We were able to get her out quickly,” Garland said. “It took 3-4 minutes to get the door off and another 2-3 minutes to get her out of the seat. I don’t believe her injuries are life-threatening.”

Garland said the driver of the truck refused medical attention at the scene.

There was a child car seat removed from the Volvo by Belleville Police, but Garland said the driver was the only person in the vehicle.

Belleville Police at the scene did not comment about the cause of the crash. It appeared from the aftermath of the crash that the truck was heading northeast on Centreville Avenue when it struck the Volvo, which appeared to be heading west. The cars came to a rest in the middle of the intersection, a complicated triangle of roadways.