Police release dispatch tapes from fiery crash

By: Andy Cunningham Email
By: Andy Cunningham Email

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - It took a team effort to save his life. Now we're getting a better idea of just how police, firefighters, and people in a Lexington neighborhood worked together to rescue a driver from a burning car.

As we first told you Wednesday, the driver's car burst into flames after hitting some parked cars along Montavesta Road.

On Friday afternoon WKYT obtained the dispatch tapes which detail the rescue effort.

"Subject is trapped inside the vehicle and the vehicle is on fire," stated the dispatcher to an officer heading to the accident. Once on scene, that officer confirmed what the dispatcher said.

"They are trapped inside," he said. "If you could have them step it up," the officer told a dispatcher, referring to Lexington fire crews still on their way to the scene.

"They are coming as fast as they can," the dispatcher said. Numerous bystanders had already used their own fire extinguishers in an attempt to put the fire out, only to be the ones needing help themselves.

"I'm going to need another EC buggy for some, ah, innocent bystanders that tried to fight the fire with us," an emergency responder told dispatch.

"They admirably tried to help along with the police department," said Lt. Chris Bartley, with Lexington Fire. "They are not trained to do it and this is what can happen."

Lt. Bartley said because of the brownouts recently, the nearest fire station, just one-minute away was not operational at the time.

"You got a seven minute response time," he said. "Which is unacceptable by any standard for a first-in crew."

He said, had the station been in operation at the time of this accident the outcome could have been much different.

The 53-year-old driver, who suffered some sort medical condition, causing him to lose control of the car was treated at a local hospital for smoke inhalation. Three others who helped fight the fire were also treated for smoke inhalation, but no one suffered serious injury.

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