MANCHESTER — A woman is lucky to be alive after a dump truck on Monday toppled over and dumped its load of stone onto her car.

The crash left the woman trapped inside her crushed vehicle with several tons of debris on top of the car and scattered along Route 539 at Harry Wright Boulevard.

Police, paramedics and firefighters furiously shoveled the stone debris off the 2008 Nissan Altima, offering 24-year-old Andrea Penna words of comfort.

Penna, her passenger and the truck driver, Tayfun Obut, 41, were hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries.

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Police say that the 2016 Kenworth T80 tri-axle dump truck was following behind the Nissan and failed to brake in time as the car tried to turn left.

The truck struck the driver's side of the car, sending both vehicles off the road. The truck overturned after hitting signs and trees.

Police said other motorists, State Police and Department of Corrections officers also stopped to assist.

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