On Thursday afternoon, a woman suffered severe burns after she drove into the back of a parked propane truck in Ontario County. The accident was reported to New York State Police just after 2 p.m. on Armington Road in Manchester.
The truck driver was delivering propane to 4194 Armington Road when the woman struck the back of his truck. He was behind the house filling the propane tank when he heard the crash. Quickly, the truck driver rushed to investigate the scene. He found the woman inside her car, engulfed in flames.
The woman was the only one in the burning vehicle and has yet to be identified by authorities, according to the Democrat Chronicle.
The truck driver pulled the woman from the burning car, dragged her across the street, and promptly called 911.
The woman was traveling west; however, other contributing factors like speed of travel are unknown at this time. It was not immediately known what caused the crash. “Her injuries are considered serious at this time,” police said. The woman was severely burned and was taken to Strong Memorial Hospital via Mercy Flight.
“The Manchester Fire Department responded and put out the fire and assisted troopers with their investigation,” police explained. The rear of the propane truck was burned, New York State Police Trooper Mark O’Donnell added.
“The heroic acts of the propane delivery driver should not go unnoticed,” O’Donnell said. “We are hoping (the woman) will survive her injuries.”
The truck driver did not sustain serious injuries while saving the woman, according to MPNNow.
There were no witnesses to the crash, and the roadway was 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.”