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Baconton man dies after hitting tree

The vehicle struck a tree (WALB) The vehicle struck a tree (WALB)
The new equipment gave Butler a chance (WALB) The new equipment gave Butler a chance (WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

A Baconton man has died following a car crash that happened late Thursday night.

64-year-old Ben Butler's truck struck a tree on Palm Avenue. Firefighters credit the new jaws of life equipment they used for freeing him in time, but Butler did not survive his injuries.

Firefighters say Butler's extraction was extremely difficult because he was pinned by the crushed truck, but the tools really were jaws of life.

Modern cars are made with much more difficult alloys and joints to separate, so getting people out of crashed cars is a difficult task. Firefighters say the new tools make it possible to save lives.

The Albany Fire Department has 13 sets of the eDRAULIC tools, with one set on each of the 11 pumpers and two in reserve.

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