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Woman Spends Freezing Night Trapped In Van After West Yarmouth Rollover

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WEST YARMOUTH (CBS/AP) – A 27-year-old woman spent the night in sub-freezing temperatures after she was involved in a rollover crash Wednesday night.

Police say the woman, Megan Lynn Haley, wound up trapped in her van after flipping it over on Winslow Gray Road in West Yarmouth around 11 p.m.

Fire Chief Michael Walker says she told rescuers that the last thing she remembers is driving at about 10 p.m. Wednesday. He said she was talking but not completely sure of where she was during the rescue. After the crash she was unable to reach her phone.

Temperatures dropped into the 20s overnight.

It wasn’t until Thursday around 7 a.m. that someone out walking his dog spotted the car and called police.

Rescuers needed to use the jaws-of-life to remove Haley. She suffered life-threatening injuries and had to be flown to Mass. General Hospital. She was reported to be in serious condition.

Chief Walker says it took firefighters thirty minutes to reach Haley’s arm to be able to give her an IV. He says they worked tirelessly with chainsaws and other tools to get her out.

Kevin Murphy says his neighbor discovered Haley, and he rushed down to the scene. “The poor woman didn’t look good,” he said. Murphy said there were signs of hope however. “When she went in the ambulance I could see her finger moving so that was a good sign.”

Deputy Police Chief Steve Xiarhos says a neighbor reported hearing a crash around 11, but nothing was reported to authorities. Xiarhos says it is a dark spot, and it looks like Haley was driving and just missed the turn because there were no skid marks.

Xiarhos says, “Thank God she is still with us. We want her to recover and tell us what happened, and we are confident that will happen.”

WBZ-TV’s Karen Anderson contributed to this report.

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