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January 03. 2013 9:24AM

Police say Somersworth man trapped under car expected to be fine

SOMERSWORTH - An 87-year-old Central Street man found himself in a predicament after forgetting to put his car in park, allowing the vehicle to roll on top of him Wednesday afternoon, according to Police Capt. Russell Timmons.

Police, firefighters and emergency personnel responded at 12:59 p.m. after a neighbor noticed the man under his Dodge and called for help from 13 Central St.

"As he exited the car, it rolled backwards," Timmons said. "The door knocked him down and the tire pinned him."

The man was pinned for up to 45 minutes, and he is expected to be fine, Timmons said.

Fire Capt. Marc Vaillancourt said firefighters from Somersworth and Dover used large airbags to slowly lift the car to free the man. He said firefighters used blocks to brace the car during the rescue process, which took about 30 minutes.

Ambulance crews from American Medical Response transported the man to Wentworth-Douglass Hospital in Dover.

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