- It is alleged that the woman who is in her 50s had gone to dig out snow in her backyard when the awning collapsed.
- The fire department said that they used an air bag system to rescue the woman and revealed that she was conscious all through the operation.
- The extreme winter weather has carried with it a lot of distraction over the past days.
A woman has been rescued after being trapped in debris in her backyard for more than ten hours. According to authorities, an awning collapsed after being weighed down by heavy ice and snow. The woman is said to be in stable condition. The incident occurred in Schiller Park, Illinois, a suburb community in northwest Chicago.
It is alleged that the woman, who is in her 50s, had gone to dig out snow in her backyard when the awning collapsed. She was discovered by a relative who raised an alarm. It is then that Schiller Park Fire Department came and started the rescue operation, which was very quick.
It only took ten minutes, according Fire Chief Mike Cesaretti. The Fire Chief congratulated the rescue team, saying they did a commendable job. Chief Cesaretti revealed that the accident was the first structural collapse in Schiller Park this year. The operation was handled by Schiller Park police and firefighters.
The rescue team struggled to remove as much snow as possible, and also lifted some weight off her legs. They revealed that most of the awning was on top, and this helped create a space under it, hence allowing her to speak.
The fire department said that they used an air bag system to rescue the woman and revealed that she was conscious all through the operation. The Fire Chief said after the snow and ice was removed from the awning, the team placed struts for stability and setup an air bag system to lift the awning and free the woman.
However, the woman was injured and very cold. She was rushed to Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, Illinois, where she got medical attention.
It is alleged that the woman tried to call for help but no one could hear her. The firefighters said that the woman survived because the temperatures were a bit warmer, arguing that if it happened in the course of last week, then a more serious outcome would have been expressed.
The incident is expected to serve as a reminder for people to be aware of their surroundings. Officials have called on people to be careful and watch out for heavy snow above them.
On Wednesday, the weather agency warned of the potential for falling ice as warm weather causes snow to melt during the day and then as temperatures dip overnight. They said that the water was likely to freeze again.
The extreme winter weather has carried with it a lot of distraction over the past days. The awning accident is the most recent structural collapse from an atypical amount of snow in the Chicago area so far this winter.
The fire officials estimate that they have responded to at least 30 similar cases of structural damage in approximately one month. Just recently, a 54 year-old man succumbed to injuries sustained when an awning he was standing underneath crashed in Pullman’s neighborhood in Chicago.