Watch: Troopers pull driver from burning van
Officers were on patrol when they heard a loud noise and discovered a car crashed into a burning building
On Sept. 22 at about 3:30 a.m., Troopers Michael Winkelman & James Flynn-Kocourek pulled a 17-yr. old driver from a burning van after it struck a barn in Wappinger. The barn soon became fully engulfed. As the video shows, their decisive actions likely prevented a tragedy. pic.twitter.com/NOAJCybPrG— NewYorkStatePolice (@nyspolice) September 30, 2022
By Ashley Silver
DUTCHESS COUNTY, N.Y. — Newly released video shows troopers jumping into action to save an intoxicated 17-year-old from a burning van.
According to The Breeze 103 News, New York State troopers were on patrol when they heard a crash in the early hours of the morning. Upon investigation, the officers discovered a Honda Odyssey had collided with a barn. The vehicle was engulfed in flames with someone trapped inside.
Initially, officers attempted to put the fire out themselves after calling for assistance, but the flames became so uncontrollable the troopers refocused their efforts on pulling the driver out of the vehicle to safety.
The driver was transported to a local hospital and is expected to make a full recovery thanks to the troopers’ heroism.
The driver was later arrested for driving under the influence.