HOUSTON Firefighters had to use special equipment to help rescue a woman from her small car after it was crushed in a wreck, police said.

The accident was reported in east Houston around 1 a.m. Friday.

According to the Houston Police Department, the woman was driving her small Ford north on S Sgt Macario Garcia Drive at Avenue W when she left the roadway and slammed into a telephone pole.

The impact crushed the woman s car and trapped her inside. After she was freed, she was sent to the hospital in critical condition.

Police said they would investigate to determine what caused the wreck.

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