Okla. police save woman from fiery car wreck

The woman was trapped inside her burning vehicle for 40 minutes following a wrong-way crash


Mike Stunson
The Kansas City Star

MOORE, Okla. — Police officers with the help of others rushed to rescue a woman trapped inside a burning vehicle following a wrong-way crash in Moore, Oklahoma, last week, video shows.

The Moore Police Department released body cam footage Tuesday of the crash during the early morning hours of June 11 in the Oklahoma City suburb. A suspected drunk driver, 37-year-old Jorge Pina of California, was killed after crashing his vehicle “at a high rate of speed” head-on with a Chevy Silverado on Interstate 35, according to KFOR.

The Silverado crossed into the next lane, striking a Dodge Charger, KFOR reported.

The driver of the Silverado was trapped in her vehicle for nearly 40 minutes, according to KWTV.

Video shows an officer run to the Silverado on fire and smash open a window after several attempts. With help from other officers and motorists, they pulled the woman out of the vehicle.

The first officer on the scene was also shown putting out the fire with an extinguisher.

“The actions of the involved officers and civilian motorists are nothing short of heroic!!” the police department wrote on Facebook. “These men are the embodiment of our ethos, ‘Service before self.’”

The woman was listed in critical condition at an area hospital last week. Police did not update her condition, according to KWTV. Two people in the Dodge Charger were listed in fair or good condition, according to KFOR.

Troopers smelled alcohol on the driver who died, according to KOCO.

McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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