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Rescuers concerned with hybrid crashes

May 29, 2008 8:28:32 AM PDT
Firefighters face a new concern as they respond to car crashes involving hybrids.They worry the electrical systems in the cars can pose a danger they're not used to encountering. First responders recently studied the Toyota Prius during a special training session in Wisconsin.

They learned to pay particular attention to colored cables warning of high voltage wiring, which should not be cut by tools such as the Jaws of Life.

"There is a concern with the hybrid cars simply because they can have high voltage in them to operate the cars," one expert said.

Industry experts say some newer models will have emergency cut off sensors that detect an accident and shut off the electricity for the safety of passengers and responders.

There have been no reports of injuries involving rescuers and hybrids.

 

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