PLAINVILLE, Conn. (CBS Connecticut and AP) – With the help of two bystanders, a Connecticut State Police trooper successfully freed a man trapped inside a burning car in Plainville.
State police say 58-year-old David Bartlett was traveling east along state Route 72 when he lost control of his Pontiac Grand Prix near Exit 3 and struck a metal guard rail before slamming into a bridge.
The impact of the collision caused Bartlett’s car to burst into flames with him still inside.
Working a construction detail nearby, Trooper Thomas Karanda responded immediately. Karanda smashed the driver’s side window of Bartlett’s vehicle and he was able to pull him from the fiery wreck with help from a construction worker and a passing motorist.
Bartlett was transported to Hartford Hospital for evaluation of his injuries.
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