Near Death Fiery Christmas Crash Has Fortunate Ending
|LAPD Bomb Squad Lt. Don Thompson talks to the media after he rescued a driver from a burning car on the 405 Freeway on Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013.|
Credit: (KABC Photo)
Just before , a station wagon on the freeway lost control for unknown reasons and collided into the concrete center divider and burst into flames. Fortunately, there happened to be two Emergency Responders, one on his way to work and another traveling to visit family for Christmas, along with other brave motorists that changed the outcome of a man's life…
The man driving the car was transported to an area hospital with moderate injuries. Officer Thompson sustained first and second-degree burns, abrasions to his hands and knees and suffered from smoke inhalation during the rescue. Thompson was treated by LAFD personnel on scene and later received additional treatment for his injuries at an urgent care facility. There were no other injuries.
The trapped victim would not have survived if it had not been for the fortunate and brave intervention.
Dispatched Units: E39 E83 E37 E99 E108 RA39 LF39 RA78 LF88 BC10
Los Angeles Fire Department