PALMDALE – Sheriff’s deputies early Thursday morning rescued a 28-year-old man who was stuck in a burning car after it crashed into a wall outside a home in Palmdale, authorities said.
The crash took place at the intersection of 20th Street East and Avenue R-8 about 1:15 a.m. Thursday, May 12, said Lt. Brian Dunn, the watch commander at the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Palmdale station.
“We got the 911 call about a car crashing into a house,” Dunn said. “It turned out the car crashed through a cinder block wall outside the home.”
When deputies got to the scene, Dunn said, they found the driver unconscious behind the wheel of a black Mercedes CLK 500 and his male passenger injured but alert.
“The car began smoking under the wheels and the passenger was able to get out of the vehicle on his own,” Dunn said. “The first deputy on the scene tried to open the door to get the driver out as the car started to burn but he couldn’t open the door, which was jammed.”
The deputy called for backup and two deputies arrived moments later, Dunn said.
“Those three deputies tried but failed to unjam the door,” Dunn said. “Finally, two of the deputies began pulling the driver out through the broken driver-side window, while the third deputy got into the car to free the man’s legs. And they did all this while the car was burning.”
Dunn said the driver was transported to a hospital unconscious and in serious but stable condition. The passenger suffered minor injuries. Los Angeles County firefighters put out the car fire.
Dunn said an investigation is underway to determine what caused the crash.
UPDATE: Deputies Zachary Marshall, Jeremy Carlisle and Jonathan Schnereger, and good Samaritan David Perez, are credited with rescuing the driver trapped in the burning car, according to a news release from the Sheriff’s Information Bureau.
Schnereger was the first deputy on the scene, according to the news release, and when Schnereger radioed for help, deputies Carlisle and Marshall arrived within seconds.
The three deputies and a concerned neighbor, David Perez, worked together to pull the driver out of the burning car to safety, officials said in the news release. The motorist was hospitalized in serious but stable condition.
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