Multiple agencies from Gainesville and Alachua County responded to a vehicle crashing into a tree on Williston Road in Gainesville early Saturday morning.
According to the release from Gainesville Fire Rescue, at approximately 3:22 am, the Combined Communications Center (CCC) received several 911 calls regarding a vehicle vs. tree.
Witnesses reported seeing a car hitting a tree at high speed and advised that one person was entrapped inside their car at the 3400 block of SW Williston Road.
Gainesville Fire Rescue (GFR) Engine 2, Ladder truck 9, Rescue Squad 1, District 1 responded along with Alachua County Fire Rescue Engine 80 and Rescue Transport 80.
GFR Ladder truck 9 arrived on scene within minutes of being dispatched and confirmed one vehicle with significant damage collided with a tree had one person entrapped.
GFR District 1 Chief Cary Williams arrived on the scene and established incident command. Due to the severity of the patient's injuries, fire rescue crews rapidly extricated the patient from the vehicle and issued a trauma alert to Shands.
Crews were able to free the driver from the car within minutes of arriving on the scene. ACFR Transport Rescue 80 transported one patient to Shands with life-threatening injuries.
The Alachua County Sheriff's Office is investigating the cause of the accident.
Gainesville Fire Rescue would like to remind drivers to look both ways before entering busy roadways, obey all traffic laws, and always wear your seatbelts.