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‘Good Samaritans’ rescue Indianapolis woman from burning car

'Good Samaritans' rescue Indianapolis woman from burning car

CHICAGO (CBS) – Two “Good Samaritans” rescued a woman from a burning car early Thursday morning after a single-vehicle accident on Interstate 74.

According to a press release, around 1:11 a.m. near the 96-mile mark, Indiana State Police received calls regarding a crash and car fire on I-74.

First responders from the Indianapolis Fire Department arrived first to find a silver jeep engulfed in flames and the woman lying on the ground near the wreckage being cared for by bystanders.

The Indianapolis woman was taken to a local hospital.

A preliminary investigation revealed that the driver of the silver jeep went off the road and hit a wiring harness in the median strip. The vehicle then caught fire.

Two other people saw the crash and stopped to help her.

Investigators said Craig Gay entered the car through the passenger door while it was on fire, cut the driver’s seat belt and got her to safety. The other man, John Goretskiy, used a fire extinguisher to contain the flames as Gay pulled the woman out.

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Two “Good Samaritans” rescued a woman from a burning car early Thursday morning after a single-vehicle accident on Interstate 74.

Indiana State Police


Both men assisted the woman until first responders arrived.

Gay was treated at the scene by paramedics for smoke inhalation.

“Had it not been for these two men, we could have investigated a fatal accident this morning. Their heroic actions and selfless response saved a life,” the Indiana Police Department said. John Caddell in the release.

The cause of the crash is being investigated. Indiana state police said they believe two other people came by to help but left before the officers arrived.

The woman was conscious and alert when she was transported to a hospital.