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Updated: Norton Officer Saves Girl from Car Fire

Operator, Justine Miller, transported to Rhode Island Hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

Updated at 1:49 p.m.: Norton Fire Department has released photos from the scene. Click through the attached photos to see the damage caused by the crash and fire.

A Norton police officer managed to pull a teenage girl from a fiery wreckage early this morning just before it was fully engulfed in flames.

At 1:20 a.m. Thursday, and responded to the area of 2 Burt St. for a report of a motor vehicle crash. Upon arrival, Patrolman Charles Turcotte observed the vehicle to be in the woods on fire with Justine Miller, the female operator, in the vehicle. According to a press release sent by Norton Police Lt. Todd Jackson, the 18-year-old was conscious, but couldn’t exit the vehicle due to leg injuries. Turcotte was unable to open the driver’s side door, but removed the operator through the open driver’s side window. Minutes later, the vehicle was fully engulfed in flames and was extinguished by the Norton Fire Department.  

Miller, of Country Club Way, Norton, was transported to Rhode Island Hospital by Norton Fire Department for non-life threatening injuries.

Lt. Jackson said Turcott was not injured in the rescue.

Crews were on scene for approximately one hour.

The vehicle was traveling westbound on Burt Street before it struck a tree. Miller was not cited in the crash. The crash is under investigation by Turcotte.

Andrew Mackie August 11, 2012 at 05:21 PM
This could have gone very differently if Officer Turcotte wasn't there so quickly and acted without hesitation. A true hero!

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