TOWN OF VILLENOVA, NY - A Chautauqua County sheriff's deputy and a passerby are being credited with saving the life of a driver involved in a fiery wreck that happened Sunday at about 5:20 a.m.
The 28-year-old victim was pinned in her burning car after it crashed on route 83 in the Town of Villenova. The deputy and passerby, who is an EMT, broke the vehicle's windows and pulled the woman out -- just seconds before it was fully engulfed in flames.
Emergency responders had to break the windows because a fire extinguisher the deputy had ran out on the scene.
As you can see in the photos here, sent to us by the Chautauqua County Sheriff, it was an intense fire.
On Monday, 2 On Your Side spoke to Ray Austin, who's an EMT for Alstar Ambulance in Dunkirk, and was off-duty at the time.
"I just knew in my mind, that this is not a good situation that it's going to burst in flames," said Austin when he saw the car from the road and at the time was driving home to South Dayton.
Austin says fumes were spewing out from the car.
"The fire had started, it had grown in size and ferocity, the flame had started coming under the windshield, which was crushed and into the passenger compartment, right in front of her face," Austin said.
Austin walked away with some minor cuts. From broken glass and torn metal that he scraped against inside the car, while getting the driver out.
"I was in a pretty dangerous spot along with the deputy, when we were in that car while it was on fire, you don't think about it at the time, but I certainly did think about it afterwards," Austin said.
The woman was taken by Starflight to ECMC, where she is listed in a trauma unit. Police are investigating how the driver crashed.