Pinned inside her Chevy Malibu, Kohler went unnoticed for five hours. Contractors heading into work found her and called for help. Firefighter Mark Quill of the Ridge Road Fire District was among the first on scene, "I'm thinking okay this is five hours and she was talking right along," explained Quill, "saying please get me out of the car."
Although she suffered injuries to her face, head, arm, she was awake and alert when first responders arrived. Thanks to the warm temperatures Kohler's condition didn't deteriorate during the five hours she was trapped, "if it was a normal early week in December with the cold weather we'd have more of a concern because she might have an altered mental status," explained Quill. Lieutenant Steve Johnson of the Ridge Road Fire District added, "she's pretty lucky, if she was there for five hours, and the weather was nice considering it's the first week into December."
The firefighters spend countless hours training for the worst and say they've never seen anything like Tuesday morning's accident, "this was one of those one of a kind accidents that you'll remember for quite some time especially because of the outcome where conscious and alert patient, talking to us, talking to the ambulance folks on the way to the hospital," explained Ridge Road Fire District Battalion Chief Bill Timmons.