The Safford Fire Department used the aptly named Jaws of Life hydraulic tool to enable the extrication of a driver who flipped her sport utility vehicle on its side Monday afternoon.

Safford Police and Fire departments were called to the intersection of Highway 70/191 and Entertainment Avenue at about 4:24 p.m. regarding a single vehicle crash. The SUV was flipped over on the driver's side, and firefighters had to cut and pry open the roof of the gold, 2006 Pontiac Torrent to safely remove the vehicle's sole occupant, Brenda Watts, 32, of Graham County.

"I can't say it was an easy extrication, but the guys did a really good job with it – like always," Safford Fire Chief Clark Bingham said.

Safford Police Sgt. Jason Knight said Watts was southbound on Entertainment Avenue when she struck the concrete divider that holds up the sign for the Comfort Inn & Suites.

After she was safely removed from the SUV, Watts was airlifted to The University of Arizona Medical Center-University Campus by AirEvac 21. As of Tuesday afternoon, Watts was listed as being in fair condition.

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My sister in law! it is only a miracle of God that she is alive and well! Thank you to all the firfighters, and other emergency workers that got her out safely! there are no words that my family and I can express to being to thank you. Please keep my family in your prayers!

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