SOUTHINGTON - A woman was rescued from a burning SUV on Thursday after her vehicle caught ablaze following a rollover crash.
The woman was taken to an area hospital after she was involved in an accident at the intersection of Curtiss Street and Lazy Lane, at about 4 p.m. The vehicle left the road and appeared to have rolled over multiple small boulders before settling down on its driver side, in a grassy area.
Police, firefighters and an ambulance responded to the report of the rollover accident that ended with the engine area of a Toyota Rav4 catching on fire.
Southington Fire Department Battalion Chief Eric Heath said the driver of the Rav4, the sole occupant, was pulled out of the burning SUV by a bystander.
“Nice work by the good Samaritan,” Heath said.
Heath added that the woman was conscious and alert immediately after the crash. Her injuries did not appear life-threatening, he said.
The woman was taken to an area hospital in an ambulance.
According to Heath, police used a fire extinguisher on the burning Rav4 before firefighters arrived and helped put out the flames.
Heath speculated that the woman may have been heading south on Lazy Lane before her vehicle left the road. Police are investigating the circumstances of the accident.
The vehicle sustained heavy damage and had to be towed from the scene. The streets surrounding the accident site were closed for some time while officers conducted their investigation.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.