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Video: Citizens Pull N.C. Officer From Cruiser Wreck

September 05, 2013  | 

VIDEO: N.C. Officer Pulled from Patrol Car Wreck

Several bystanders pulled a Wilson's Mills (N.C.) Police officer from his smoldering patrol car after he crashed into a ditch.

Kathy Hoffman captured the rescue on her cell phone as she yelled to the bystanders to drag the officer from the car because she saw flames coming from under the vehicle. Officer Ashley McLamb was pulled out of his Chevrolet Impala at about 11 a.m. Sunday, reports WRAL.

The bystanders found the dazed McLamb inside the Impala. The officer suffered no serious injuries and the agency is investigating the cause of the crash.

Tags: Citizen Involvement, Police Vehicle Accidents, Wilson's Mills (N.C.) PD


Comments (6)

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Rick @ 9/5/2013 2:28 PM

The question is, did the car actually burn because it was on fire or blow up like the bystander claimed? It appears to be normal steam from the engine compartment and dust from the air bag. Too many people believe TV and movies and think the explosions they see are reality. I've see cars burn slowly from gas leaks, but not at the scene of a crash and I've never seen one blow. It's great that she took the time to carefully video the entire event, yelling instructions at others and yet she couldn't assist the officer directly because she was busy with her phone.

Bob@Az. @ 9/5/2013 5:44 PM

Rick, I agree. I don't understand how she could see "flames" under the car from where she stood. Very glad that the real heroes pretty much ignored her and pulled the Officer out of the vicinity of the squad. Well Done citizens!! Blues, Stay Safe.

Nichole @ 9/6/2013 4:22 AM

Bob - you can see as she starts moving around to the side (although it's blurry because she lost focus) flames shoot up around the far side of the vehicle towards the road.

Rick - Grey/Black smoke (as the video continues) doesn't indicate anything normal in a vehicle accident.

But I do agree with both of you to a certain extent... glad to see she was busy on her cell phone while other people went to help. On the flip side of that, there were more than enough people to drag him to safety... and drag they did.

Firecop @ 9/6/2013 5:09 AM

Cars only blow up on the movies.....however, good job by the citizens pulling this officer out of the vehicle. The bigger issue here is, if there was a fire breathing in the toxic smoke can kill you...nasty stuff. Main thing is the officer is okay. Interesting to see what the cause of this mess was?

Trigger @ 9/6/2013 11:32 AM

Great work by the rescuing citizens. It is amazing how one person (female with the camera) can get people jacked up by getting excited and yelling.

stu @ 9/16/2013 5:35 AM

im glad to see the officer is in peak physical shape no wonder it took for ever to move him he must weigh 300 pounds. How about some better physical apperance standards for police departments.

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