2 Deputies Hailed As Heroes For Saving A Woman From A Fiery 3-Vehicle Crash

Two deputies pulled a woman to safety after a fiery 3-vehicle crash in Indian River County, according to the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office.

The incident happened at 66th Avenue and Oslo Road.

A car southbound on 66th Avenue turned in front of a septic tanker truck and that caused a collision with a refuse flatbed truck, the sheriff’s office said.

Officials said the vehicle and the sewage truck caught fire.

An Indian River County Sheriff’s deputy, who was the first official on the scene, discovered that a woman was in the car. He broke a window to try to free her, but quickly learned that she was trapped by her seat belt, steering wheel, and airbag.

A short time later the deputy arrived and, after unsuccessfully trying to put out flames with a fire extinguisher, both managed to pull the woman out of the vehicle, the sheriff’s office said.

“We are so proud of the deputies for their lifesaving efforts. Video of the incident shows that, despite danger to themselves, they continued to work to save this woman from her burning car,” the sheriff’s office wrote in a news release.

A retired deputy assisted his former colleagues with another fire extinguisher. “We just gave it one more ditch effort and we were able to pull her out,” the retired deputy said..

A 33-year old construction worker said he had heard a loud boom and he watched the rescue unfold.

“I was amazed. I mean I stood right there watching and they got her out of that vehicle,” he said.

The patient was flown by medical helicopter to a local hospital and is in critical condition. One of the deputies suffered minor burns to her hand during the rescue.

The Florida Highway Patrol is now investigating the crash


Attorney Jason Weisser of Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller and Overbeck responded to distracted driving.  “In my many years as a Personal Injury Lawyer I’ve helped many victims that were injured because someone was distracted and crashed into their vehicles.  If you’ve been injured by someone because they weren’t paying attention to the road, please call me so I can help you get compensation for your damages.”

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