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Bainbridge Island cops rescue woman before car erupts in flames
Posted by John de Leon
Two Bainbridge Island police officers pulled a Lynnwood woman from her wrecked car just before it burst into flames after she struck a utility pole while rushing to catch a ferry early Thursday morning.
The accident happened at 12:43 a.m., when a 2002 Mazda Millenia, driven by the 19-year-old woman, entered the curve on Olympic Drive Southeast just south of Winslow Way. The driver lost control of the car and struck the pole, according to Bainbridge Island police.
The car's gas tank ruptured on impact, police say, and within minutes the vehicle was engulfed in flames. The utility pole fell across Olympic Drive, blocking all four north- and southbound lanes. Several power lines fell on top of the car.
Two Bainbridge Island police officers were inside the police station across the street from the accident scene and ran out and pulled the woman from the car before it burst into flames, police said.
The driver was taken to Harrison Memorial Hospital for observation and was later released with only minor injuries.