They are eyewitnesses to the auto industry’s greatest triumphs – those miraculous moments when a vehicle design preserves life in the face of certain, horrible death. Their catch-all designation is “emergency responder.” And when violent collisions leave motorists trapped, they are tasked with shredding the vehicles so painstakingly shaped by automotive engineers. Extrication, they call it. Depending on the jurisdiction, they may be paramedics. They may be police officers. Most often ...

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