Updated 4:30 pm, Wednesday, April 29
Police and fire rescue personnel rushed to extricate the female driver of a silver Subaru Forester after she struck a car parked on the side of Edgartown–Vineyard Haven Road near Skiff Avenue in Tisbury and flipped the vehicle at approximately 9:15 am Wednesday.
Grace Burton-Sundman, 27, of Tisbury was traveling south toward Edgartown when she struck a parked white Honda Accord.
First responders had to enter the car through the back hatch. It took about 15 minutes to remove Ms. Burton-Sundman from the vehicle through the sunroof. She was placed in a waiting ambulance and transported to Martha’s Vineyard Hospital.
Tisbury Police Officer Michael Gately said Ms. Burton-Sundman was likely distracted when she struck the other vehicle. Officer Gately visited the young woman in the hospital, where she was recovering from her injuries. “She was very lucky,” he said. Ms. Burton-Sundman was cited for a marked lanes violation.
Glenn Caldwell of Vineyard Haven was the first to reach the trapped driver. He was headed into Vineyard Haven when he saw the car coming to rest on its side. “I talked to her through the back hatch; she was responsive and alert,” he told The Times. “She knew her name and where she was and who her family was.”
Laura Hart of Chilmark was on her way to work in West Tisbury and was the first to call 911. She gave high praise to Mr. Caldwell. “He was amazing,” Ms. Hart said, still shaking from the experience. “He was calm, and he knew just what to do.” Mr. Caldwell said he learned how to respond to emergency situations from Island lifeguard training.
In a telephone conversation late Wednesday, John Sundman said it appears his daughter will be fine. He thanked the EMTs and firefighters for their quick response.