MEDFORD (CBS) — Several people rushed out of their homes Thursday night to pull a driver from the burning wreckage of an SUV after a violent crash in a front yard in Medford.
The SUV hit a tree on Lawrence Road just after 11 p.m., then a house before breaking into several pieces and bursting into flames. The accident was recorded on surveillance cameras outside the house.
“It spun and bumped and ran into my neighbor’s house and burst into flames,” Ruben Montano-Lopez said.
He was one of a group of neighbors who ran outside and pulled the driver of the burning SUV.
“I approached with the fire extinguisher and did what I could, tried to put out the flames, someone else also joined in with another fire extinguisher and they were successful pulling him out the window, he was yelling, ‘Get me out, I can’t be here,'” Montano-Lopez said.
“We saw the car on fire and there was debris and tree branches everywhere. It was quite traumatic,” said neighbor Kerry Radochia. “Everyone is yelling at each other, is there anyone in the car who has a fire extinguisher?”
“We all ran hoping everything would be fine. Luckily, we heard him shout, “Get me out!” Take me out,” her husband Bill told WBZ-TV.
The SUV’s engine slammed into the house before landing in the bushes and bursting into flames.
The Medford Fire Union said the driver was rushed to hospital and no one in the house was injured.
There’s no word yet on the driver’s condition or what caused the accident.
Car through a tree and into a house before becoming fully involved. pic.twitter.com/hC7CGmpY7x
— Medford Fire Department Local 1032 (@MedfordMAFire) April 8, 2022
“This nightmare scenario could have been much worse if not for the courageous actions of bystanders and the quick work of responding businesses,” Medford Fire Department Local 1032 said in a statement on Facebook.