Dramatic body camera footage has been released today showing the moment officers and deputies rushed to save a man who was trapped in a burning car following a collision on the freeway.
Florida Highway Patrol said that another driver (not the male in this video) was travelling southbound into northbound traffic on Interstate 95 in Deltona, just north of Orlando when they hit each other in the head-on collision.
The mangled Cadillac in the video footage below caught fire and left the 22-year-old male trapped in the car and unable to escape from the wreck.
Body cam video showed Edgewater Police and Volusia County deputies bravely fighting the smoke and the intense heat as they try everything they can to pull him out.
In the footage, one deputy can be seen to use what appeared to be an axe in order to smash away at the
The male in the car can be heard groaning as officers try frantically to get to him before the vehicle is engulfed in flames.
Another officer uses a fire extinguisher on the flames and manages to subdue the fire for a few minutes before the flames once again start to intensify.
In a frantic race against time,
After several minutes, officers eventually pried the door open, and deputies pulled the still-conscious driver out of the car and can be heard asking him if anyone else is in the vehicle.
Medics transported the man to Orlando Regional Medical Center in critical condition.
A spokesman for Volusia County Sheriff’s Office said:
“Early this morning, Edgewater police officers and Volusia County sheriff’s deputies pulled a crash victim from a burning vehicle involved in a head-on crash with a wrong-way driver on I-95.
“The other driver died at the scene, but these law enforcement officers were able to pull this young man to safety so he could get to a hospital.
“He was listed in critical condition.
“We are pulling hard for a full recovery.
“The crash is being investigated by the Florida Highway Patrol”.
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