Via NOLA Com:
Four good Samaritans pulled a woman from a burning car after a suspected drunk driver crashed into the rear of her vehicle in Garyville Monday morning (Feb. 18), State Police said.
The woman, 41, from Prairieville, was taken to a local hospital to be treated for her injuries, said Trooper Melissa Matey, spokeswoman for the State Police. At least one of the woman’s rescuers suffered burns, according to authorities.
The crash occurred about 6:45 a.m. on southbound Airline Highway at the intersection with Louisiana Highway 54. The woman was sitting in traffic at a red light when a driver identified as Richard Preston II, 22, slammed into the back of her car, Matey said.
Investigators said they believe Preston was impaired and speeding when he hit the woman’s car. The impact caused the vehicles burst into flames, Matey said.
Motorist Anita Haley was driving in the opposite direction on Airline when she came upon the crash. She was recording with her cell phone as four men ran up to driver’s side window of the woman’s car, the rear of which was engulfed by billowing flames and smoke.
The men pulled the woman out through the window and carried her to safety. At least one of the men suffered facial burns during the rescue, Matey said.