Passing motorists save mother and child trapped in burning SUV

By Eric W. Dolan
Thursday, August 16, 2012 18:49 EDT
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A woman and her disabled teenage daughter were rescued from their burning sport utility vehicle by a group of 15 to 20 strangers on Thursday, according to multiple reports.

Passing motorists, including an Associated Press photographer, noticed a plume of smoke rising beside Interstate 10 in Mississippi and pulled over to help the two women, who were trapped inside the wrecked SUV.

The motorists first pulled the disabled girl from the burning vehicle, but had trouble getting the woman out.

As the motorists attempted to save the mother, others tried to extinguish the fire using a hose from a cement mixer and fire extinguishers from trucks. The motorists were able to pull the woman from the vehicle and extinguish the fire before rescue personnel arrived.

The woman was airlifted from the scene with a severe head injury. The disabled girl suffered minor injuries and was taken to the hospital.

Watch video, courtesy of the Associated Press, below:

Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
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