Sheriff's deputies rescue Florida woman from burning car

A Florida woman is alive today thanks to the quick thinking and selfless bravery of a pair of sheriff's deputies. Just before 11:00 a.m. on March 23, Indian River County sheriff's deputies responded to a three-vehicle crash at Oslo Road and 66th Avenue in Vero Beach, AJR reported. The sheriff's department stated that a car traveling southbound on 66th Avenue turned left in front of a septic tanker, causing a crash that involved both vehicles and a third, a heavy flatbed truck that was behind the silver car. Within seconds, the car burst into flame and both the car and the septic tanker were quickly consumed by the blaze.

Deputy Robert Sunker arrived on scene first and immediately ran to the burning car, where the driver was trapped inside by her seatbelt, steering wheel, and airbag. Deputy Sunker smashed the driver's window with his baton, but was unable to extract the driver by himself. Deputy Linda Nolan then arrived and both deputies were able to pull the driver, an unnamed woman, from the car. She was airlifted to a local hospital, where she remains in unknown condition. Nolan was treated at the scene for burns to her hand.

"We are so proud of Deputies Sunkel and Nolan for their life saving efforts this morning," said Indian River County Sheriff Deryl Loar in a post on the department's official Facebook page. "Video of the incident shows that despite danger to themselves, they continued to save this woman from her burning car." The Florida Highway Patrol is currently investigating the crash.

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