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Video captures rescue of woman from burning car by Indian River deputy

Woman trapped in car fire rescued by Indian River deputy

Indian River County deputy's dashcam
Indian River County deputy's dashcam (Indian River County Sheriff's Office)

INIDIAN RIVER COUNTY, Fla. – An Indian River County deputy's dash camera captured the moment Wednesday morning when he rescued a woman trapped in her burning car. 

Deputy Robert Sunkel responded to a call of a crash at the intersection of Oslo Road and 66th Avenue. 

A small car "traveling south on 66th Avenue turned out in front of a septic tanker truck, causing a collision between the two and a third refuse flatbed truck. The collision between the car and the septic truck immediately ignited into fire, causing both vehicles to be engulfed in flames," according to the news release from the Indian River County Sheriff's Office. 

The dashcam video, which was posted on the Indian River County Sheriff's Office Facebook page, shows Deputy Robert Sunkel arriving at the scene and running toward the burning car and through black clouds of smoke. Witnesses told him that a woman was trapped in the burning vehicle. Sunkel shattered the passenger window with his baton and opened the door to try to free the woman. 

She was trapped in the vehicle by her seat belt, the steering wheel and an airbag.

The video on Facebook cuts off before Deputy Linda Nolan arrived and used her fire extinguisher on the flames. The fire extinguisher made little difference as the vehicle continued to burn.

Despite the extinguisher, Sunkel and Nolan were able to pull the woman out of the vehicle and get her to safety. 

"The woman pulled from the car was airlifted from the scene and her current status is unknown. Florida Highway Patrol responded and is investigating the cause of the crash," according to the news release. 

Nolan suffered burns to her hand which were treated at the scene and then at Indian River Medical Center. 

 

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***WARNING - VIDEO CONTAINS GRAPHIC CONTENT*** Deputies save woman trapped in burning car Media release: March 23, 2016 At approximately 10:45 A.M., the Indian River County Sheriff's Office Public Safety Dispatch received a call of a crash at the intersection of Oslo Road and 66th Avenue. A small car traveling south on 66th Avenue turned out in front of a septic tanker truck, causing a collision between the two and a third refuse flatbed truck. The collision between the car and the septic truck immediately ignited into fire, causing both vehicles to be engulfed in flames. Indian River County Sheriff's Deputy Robert Sunkel was first on scene and quickly learned from witnesses that a female was trapped in the vehicle. Deputy Sunkel broke the window of the car with his baton and opened the passenger side door trying to free the female. She was trapped in the vehicle by her seat belt, steering wheel, and airbag. Deputy Sunkel made attempts to pull her out but was unsuccessful. Deputy Linda Nolan arrived on scene and began using her fire extinguisher to reduce the flames. The fire extinguisher made little difference as the vehicle continued to burn. Together, Deputies Sunkel and Nolan were able to pull the woman out of the vehicle and get her to safety. The entire incident was captured on Deputy Sunkel's dash camera. Indian River County Sheriff Deryl Loar stated, "We are so proud of Deputies Sunkel and Nolan for their life saving efforts earlier this morning. Video of the incident shows that despite danger to themselves, they continued to work to save this woman from her burning car." Deputy Linda Nolan sustained burns to her hand which were treated on scene and then at Indian River Medical Center. The woman pulled from the car was airlifted from the scene and her current status is unknown. Florida Highway Patrol responded and is investigating the cause of the crash.

Posted by Indian River County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday, March 23, 2016