Workers use forklift to rescue driver from burning car after Bergen crash

January 13, 2017 11:14 AM

UPDATE: Troopers have identified the drivers involved in the crash on Thursday. Investigators say 18-year-old Otavia Bell failed to stop at a sign and was hit by a vehicle driven by 74-year-old Donald Bausch.


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Two men used a forklift to rescue a woman from a burning car following a serious crash in Bergen Thursday afternoon.

News10NBC is told the crash happened around 2:30 p.m. in the area of Route 33 and West Bergen Road.

Moments after a crash, Ross Gingrich and his coworker Brian Frew, from Genesee Lumber, came upon the scene and tried to help.

They found one of the drivers was still trapped in her vehicle that was on fire. The two used fire extinguish to control the blaze and then brought a forklift to pick up the vehicle and get the woman out.

Both drivers were taken to Strong Memorial Hospital for treatment.

Troopers are investigating the cause of the crash.


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