KNOX — A young woman was extricated using the Jaws of Life Tuesday, Dec. 7, after the car she was driving left the road, went into a ditch and was pinned against trees.

Lisa M. Bailey-Audet, mother of the injured woman, said her daughter, Olivia Wirth, suffered a spinal cord injury and has a compound leg fracture. Yesterday, she said, her daughter had 10 hours of surgery, but was awake and talking by evening.

The single-vehicle crash happened around 2 p.m. on Route 137, up the road from Hill Top Farm.

According to Freedom Fire personnel, the 20-year-old Wirth was trapped in her vehicle.  Witnesses say she was heading west when her car went off the road.

LifeFlight was called and landed at nearby Larrabee Field on Abbott Road.

Crews from Freedom, Troy and Montville answered the call, along with Unity Ambulance service and Waldo County Sheriff’s personnel.

A GoFundMe site has been established to help with the purchase of adaptive equipment, make handicapped accessible home renovations and support the family during this long, difficult process. For more information, visit tinyurl.com/2p9fmspa.

Unity Ambulance personnel take a 20-year-old female patient to the waiting LifeFlight helicopter on Larrabee Field in Knox Dec. 7. Photo by Fran Gonzalez