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Drugs blamed for violent, head-on crash

Posted at 11:42 AM, Mar 02, 2016

HARRISON TWP., Ohio – Drugs are being blamed for a violent, head-on crash that trapped the drivers in the wreckage Wednesday morning,  the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office says.

Both drivers had to be cut out of their cars after they collided in the 10900 block of Campbell Road near West Road about 6:15 a.m.

According to the sheriff's office, Terri Bates, 36, of Cleves, Ohio, drove her black Dodge Durango across the center line on a curve and struck a red Ford Focus driven by Frances Quick, 69, of Harrison, Ohio.

Fire chief Rob Hursong said it was no easy task freeing the women.

WATCH footage from the scene of the crash in the video player above.

"We were able to make access to one vehicle through the rear on the black Durango, but she was trapped up against the dash a little bit with her legs," Hursong said. "Neither one of the doors were able to be opened. We had to use power tools to gain access to her."

Rescuers had to remove all four doors from Quick's car to free her.

Both drivers have non-life-threatening injuries, according to the sheriff's office.  Bates was in surgery Wednesday afternoon at Mercy West Hospital. Quick was airlifted to University of Cincinnati Medical Center.

Both drivers were wearing seatbelts. Speed was not a factor in the crash, the sheriff's office said.