A seriously injured driver was pulled from a smoky car on Las Vegas Boulevard Friday by a Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) officer and a bystander. Seconds later, the vehicle burst into flames.
The motorist and hero cop both were treated at a local hospital over the weekend for injuries linked to the crash and fire.
The driver is expected to recover. Details on his injuries were not immediately known. The driver had lost consciousness, the Mirror, a UK-based news site, reported.
The unnamed officer, who is assigned to the LVMPD Convention Center Area Command, suffered smoke inhalation. He was examined by hospital staff as a precaution.
Praised as Heroes
The cop and the good Samaritan over the weekend were praised as heroes and credited for apparently saving the accident victim’s life. Neither were identified in initial reports.
Both worked with only seconds to spare before the vehicle went up in flames,” the LVMPD said on Twitter. “We are beyond thankful for the quick actions of our officer and the bystander for saving a life!”
As you can see in this video, both worked with only seconds to spare before the vehicle went up in flames.
The driver of the crashed vehicle was taken to the hospital.
Our officer was also taken to the hospital as a precaution. pic.twitter.com/OxW3TpCpGX
— LVMPD (@LVMPD) January 28, 2023
Just as the first officer arrived, smoke was coming from the car’s engine and spreading inside the vehicle. Flames were already under the car.
The officer apparently broke one of the car’s windows, and with the help of the passerby pulled the trapped driver away from the vehicle.
A second officer soon arrived. The trio of rescuers carried the injured man further from the wildly-expanding car fire.
A third LVMPD officer at the scene then grabbed a fire extinguisher and attempted to quell the flames which soon engulfed the car. Local firefighters soon arrived and were able to extinguish the car fire.
The actions by the initial officer and passerby were praised on social media.
Fox News quoted a Twitter post which called the pair, “Heroes! This person was saved because 2 heroes were selfless! Thank you both! Such a close call!!”
“Wow great job,” added another social media poster, Acuna Matata.
And Frank Troiano posted, “That cop deserves … [an] award for his bravery.”
The approximate 4:30 p.m. accident took place after the white sedan went out of control and crashed into a palm tree in the center median on the Las Vegas Strip, close to Siegfried and Roy Drive.
The car was traveling south on Las Vegas Boulevard. It was unclear what circumstances led to the accident.
Before the initial officer arrived, some passersby tried to assist the trapped motorist. After arriving, the officer warned them to move to safety as the smoke spread.
News about the rescue got national and international attention in articles over the weekend. Video of the rescue was posted on Twitter and widely reposted.
Casino-bound motorists faced delays on the traditionally busy Friday evening along the Strip. The accident tied up traffic while police investigated its cause.
The Venetian and Mirage casinos are located near the accident site.
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