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Police officers rescue injured woman trapped in burning vehicle in Zion

Bodycam footage released shows Zion police officers rescuing an injured woman from her burning car after it crashed into a pole on Friday.

The Zion Police Department and Zion Fire-Rescue Department responded around 11:30 p.m. Friday to Sheridan Road and 29th Street for a report of a single-vehicle crash with fire.

Officers arrived and found a vehicle on fire after it struck a light pole on 29th Street west of Sheridan Road. Flames could be seen coming from the engine compartment of the vehicle in the bodycam video.

Officer Steve Vines discovered that the driver, a 41-year-old Zion woman, was lying across the front passenger seat bleeding heavily from the head and complaining of an injury to her leg or foot.

A car caught fire after striking a pole near 29th Street and Sheridan Road in Zion on October 11 | Photo provided by Zion Fire-Rescue Department.

Vines tried to open the driver’s side door and also tried using a window punch to break the driver’s side window. Both efforts were unsuccessful, authorities said.

Officer Casey Taylor arrived at the scene and the officers moved to the passenger side. The front passenger door was also damaged by the impact and could not be opened. Both officers were able to pull the woman out of the car through the broken window in the front passenger side door.

Firefighters extinguished the flames and paramedics transported the woman to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

There were no other occupants in the vehicle or other vehicles involved. The cause of the accident remains under investigation by police.


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