INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – A woman was pulled from a burning car after an accident Thursday morning.
The one-vehicle accident occurred on I-74 near the 96-mile mark. The Indiana State Police received a report of the accident at 1:11 am.
The Indianapolis Fire Department arrived at the scene of the accident. They found a silver jeep completely engulfed in flames and a woman lying on the ground. She was later taken to a local hospital.
Upon further investigation, officers said the driver of the jeep, Jasmine Meagher of Indianapolis, veered off the road and crashed into a wire fence in the middle, causing the jeep to burst into flames.
Police say two people witnessed the crash and stopped to help. Investigators say Craig Gay entered the Jeep through the passenger door while it was on fire, cut Meagher’s seatbelt and dragged her to safety. The other person who helped her was a truck driver from Maryland. His name is John Goretsky from Massachusetts.
Goretsky used a fire extinguisher to put out the flames as Gay pulled the driver out.
Both Gay and Goretsky helped Meagher until the officers arrived. Medics treated Gay for smoke poisoning.
Investigators are trying to figure out what caused Meagher to go off the road and crash into a wire fence. Police say they believe other people stopped to help her but left after the police arrived.
Officers say Meagher was conscious and alert when she was taken to the hospital.