Firefighters extricate a driver trapped in a car wedged under an Interstate 95 guardrail after a Friday night collision between northbound Exits 17 and 18. / Photos, Westport Fire Department

WESTPORT — A driver, whose car was wedged under an Interstate 95 guardrail after crashing Friday night, was hospitalized after being extricated from the tangled steel by firefighters.

Fire crews were dispatched to the accident scene between I-95’s northbound Exits 17 and 18 about 8:23 p.m. Friday, according to a report by Assistant Fire Chief Brian Meadows. Two engine companies, a rescue truck and the shift commander were initially sent to the scene.

Firefighters discovered one person trapped in a heavily damaged vehicle, entangled with the highway’s metal guardrail.

After initially assessing the driver’s condition, fire crews stabilized the vehicle, and using the hydraulic “Jaws of Life” tool, began cutting through the twisted metal to extricate the victim.

Driver was rescued by firefighters from this car heavily damaged in crash Friday night on Interstate 95.

The driver was freed from the wreck within about 12 minutes, Meadows said, and transported to a hospital by a Westport EMS crew.

Information about the driver’s condition was not immediately available.

In addition to a second Westport fire/rescue truck dispatched for support, State Police troopers were on scene to investigate the accident and manage traffic.

Firefighters cleared the scene about 9:50 p.m.