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Extrication equipment used to remove Benton City man from car after rear-ending New Jersey semi

Posted on Thursday, March 11, 2021 at 1:35 pm

On Thursday, March 11, 2021, 4:54 a.m., Mexico Public Safety called to the 4600 block of East Liberty regarding a crash.

Mexico Public Safety  found that Thomas M. Swaim, age 40, of Benton City, was driving a 1996 Buick westbound, when it collided with the back of a 2007 International semi being driven by Selim Farahat, age 55, of New Jersey.

The semi was also traveling westbound, but at a slower speed than the Buick.

Mexico Public Safety used extrication equipment to remove Swaim from his vehicle.

Audrain Ambulance District transported Swaim to University Hospital where he is currently being treated for his injuries.

Traffic was diverted through a residential area for about one hour until East Liberty was cleared.