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- A driver was rescued from the mangled wreckage of his vehicle after crashing into a pole in Chadds Ford.
- Police say the driver fled a traffic stop and led state troopers on a chase before crashing.
- Officials have not yet revealed the driver's condition.
A driver crashed into an auto shop pole in Delaware County after he allegedly fled State Troopers during a traffic stop.
The incident began Wednesday around 2:15 p.m. on Wilmington Pike at Pyle Road in Chadds Ford when troopers tried to conduct a traffic stop on a Hyundai Elantra for summary traffic violations.
The driver didn't yield and continued southbound on Wilmington Pike, leading to a police chase in which he almost hit a bystander, investigators said.
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A pursuing trooper used a legal intervention method to push the car over to the side of the road which caused the driver's vehicle to hit a curb, flip and crash into a pole in front of Auto & Truck Outfitters, investigators said.
"It sounded like a bomb," Andrew Patanovick, a witness, told NBC10. "It was so loud. It almost felt like it shook."
Witnesses said police officers approached the wrecked vehicle with guns drawn. That changed however once they saw that the driver needed help.
SkyForce10 was over the scene as rescue crews worked for nearly an hour to remove the driver from the mangled remains of the vehicle, which was completely wrapped around the still-standing pole.
The driver was eventually pulled out. EMS workers then transported the driver by a medical helicopter to a nearby hospital. Officials have not yet revealed his or her condition.
Police continue to investigate the crash. Southbound lanes on Wilmington Pike were shut down but later reopened.