connectVideoPhiladelphia police officer pulled from burning cruiser
The officer was rescued after they are on the way to a call.
Philadelphia police officer was pulled from his vehicle moments before he burst into flames after the car came during an investigation into a possible shooting on Thursday.
Officer Matthew Smyth gunfire was heard, while on patrol in North Philadelphia and tried to react when he collided with a bridge support, FOX29 reported.
Other officers soon arrived to aid the 31-year-old, who had suffered from the cervical spine and hip fractures and was stuck in the vehicle.
Alex Ruffin, who recorded video of the incident, told WPVI-TV that he heard the impact and saw smoke and lights and everything” as he ran to the scene.
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The cruiser caught fire a short time later.
“Yo, the car is on fire! Get him out! Get him out!” you can hear someone screaming in the video.
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The officers were able to free the officer before the car explodes, and no other injuries were reported.
Philadelphia police officer was pulled from his wrecked cruiser moments before it burst into flames.
Smyth repeatedly asked for something to drink, according to Ruffin.
“He was semi-conscious. He was doing a lot of moaning,” he told WPVI. “He had a gash in his head. He was the demand of people for a cup of water, a bottle of water.”
Family members told WPVI the nine-year veteran of the department, remains in the hospital, but not in the direction of paralysis. The cause of the crash is still under investigation.