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Officer frees woman from burning car on I-5

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SEATTLE — About 12:20 p.m. Tuesday, a Washington State Patrol detective came upon a car on Interstate 5 that was on fire with a woman trapped inside.

Trooper Julie Judson said that a detective with Washington State Patrol was driving along southbound I-5, south of 272nd Street when he saw a car on fire. As he approached the vehicle, he realized the female driver was inside the burning car and that the driver’s compartment was on fire and beginning to fill the car with smoke.

Using his handheld radio, the officer struck the window a number of times in order to break the glass and rescue the woman.

The detective told Judson that had he not grabbed his radio, he would have been unable to free the woman in time.

Judson said the woman’s car had a flat tire and she had initially stopped in Lane 4 of the interstate when she was rear-ended by another vehicle. The impact of that crash caused the driver’s door to be stuck, and trapped her inside.

There is no information on the condition of the woman at this time.

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2 comments

  • COMMONK

    Why didn't she move off the road. Why STOP on the freeway??? If you are going to be driving you NEED to use your brain! If she would have done the most LOGICAL thing… Pull off the freeway, it would have costed her only a tired…….. But now…..Changed other persons life, may have injured them, She almost lost her life, all because she didn't think… TAKE HER DRIVERS LICENSE and FINE HER UNTIL THE PEN RUNS OUT OF INK!!!!!!!