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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

State trooper pulls man from burning car after road rage incident

ANDOVER, Mass. – A New Hampshire state trooper escorting Gov. John Lynch and his wife Sunday night heroically freed a driver trapped after an apparent road rage incident.

According to state police, around 6:45 p.m., trooper Scott Frye was traveling northbound on Interstate 93 in the area of Exit 44 in Andover with Lynch and first lady Susan Lynch.

The trio apparently witnessed a road rage incident that left an occupant trapped in a burning vehicle. A state police press release didn’t give details on the road rage incident, instead giving a timeline of the aftermath.

Once on the scene, the governor called 911 and Frye grabbed a fire extinguisher from the trunk of his cruiser and attempted to aid the victims.

Frye was then joined by an unnamed off-duty Manchester, N.H., firefighter in attempting to free the trapped occupant. The vehicle had gone over the guardrail and rolled down an embankment, immediately catching fire while at rest on its driver’s side.

Frye and the firefighter attempted several times to remove the driver, whose legs were trapped under the dashboard. The vehicle was heavily involved in flames at this point, and the driver continually called out in pain and pleaded for them not to let him burn.

It was at that time that Frye entered the vehicle through the front windshield and moved the driver’s seat and back section, then reached under the dash and pulled the man’s trapped legs free. He then pulled the man out over the dashboard and through the windshield with the assistance of the firefighter.

The vehicle was engulfed in flames seconds after the driver was pulled to safety.

Frye was treated and released at a local hospital for minor injuries. The incident is under investigation by the Massachusetts State Police Troop “A”, Andover Barracks.

– Telegraph Staff