A CONNECTICUT STATE TROOPER IS BEING CALLED A HERO today following his rescue of a woman from a burning car.
The officer had just started investigating a single-car wreck on I-95 Saturday afternoon when a woman driving a Volkswagon rear-ended his cruiser that was positioned to protect the accident scene. The crash drove the cruiser forward into the officer, injuring him. The VW then crashed into the car from the original accident a broke out in flames with the woman trapped inside.
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The trooper managed to pull himself up and get to the burning car where he used his knife to cut her out from the seat belt and pull her out of the car before the flames reached her.
WTNH-TV Ch. 8 has the video report:
The Litchfield Register Citizen reports:
Witnesses said traffic had slowed due to the original accident and a warning was posted on the highway’s electronic signs. The speeding Volkswagen was using the breakdown lane to get around the traffic jam and smashed directly into the rear of the state police cruiser.
While all this was going on, a fourth car crashed head-on into the median barrier just behind the wreck scene.
The trooper and the other two drivers were transported to the Yale-New Haven hospital with non-life threatening injuries.