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Driver pulled from fiery wreck in Manchester

Driver pulled from fiery wreck in Manchester Photo: Jack Haley, Messenger Post.

November 09, 2017 05:32 PM

MANCHESTER — What caused a woman to drive into the back of a propane fuel truck remains under investigation.

But the operator of the truck who pulled the woman from the fiery wreckage in front of a home on Armington Road is being hailed for giving emergency responders and hospital staff the opportunity to save her life.

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“He did a heckuva job getting the operator out of that car,” said State Trooper Mark O’Donnell, public information officer for Troop E.

“That car was totally engulfed in flames,” O’Donnell said. “I gotta give him a lot of credit for doing that very heroic act in very trying circumstances.”

As of Thursday afternoon, names of the individuals involved in the crash had not been released.

After pulling the woman from the wreckage and dragging her across the road to safety, the truck operator called 911.

She was placed in an ambulance until Mercy Flight helicopter arrived. She was taken to Strong Memorial Hospital with “major” burns over most of her body, O’Donnell said.

Troopers were called to the scene at approximately 2 p.m. The truck was on the road, and the operator was behind the home at 4194 Armington Road, where he was filling either his second or third propane tank, O’Donnell said.

That’s when the woman’s vehicle struck the truck, causing an explosion and extensive fire, O’Donnell said.

There were no witnesses to the crash, O’Donnell said. The roads were clear.

“I don’t think it was sun glare or sun related,” O’Donnell said. “For whatever reason, the vehicle drove into the back of the propane truck. We’re not exactly sure why it happened.”

The operator of the propane truck — who also was not immediately identified — was not seriously injured, O’Donnell said.

First responders from Manchester, Macedon, Shortsville and state troopers and Ontario County sheriff’s deputies responded to the scene.

Armington Road was closed between Route 21 and Stafford Road.

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Mike Murphy/Messenger Post

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