Off-duty Cranston officer saves man from burning SUV

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EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — An off-duty Cranston police officer on his way in for work late Tuesday night spotted a burning vehicle near I-195.

Crews responded to the scene of a vehicle crash into a guardrail on North Hull Street in East Providence around 11:20 p.m.

Officer Brenton Medeiros pulled over, climbed down an embankment and jumped over a six-foot fence to reach the car on the dead end street.

A 70-year-old driver was still in the SUV when the officer reached his vehicle. Officer Medeiros was able to pull the man to safety.

The fire damaged guardrail from the SUV accident. (Brian Yocono/WPRI)
The fire damaged guardrail from the SUV accident. (Brian Yocono/WPRI)

Only Eyewitness News was at the scene as firefighters worked to put out the fire.

A neighbor explained that the SUV almost smashed into two other parked cars on the street.

“I thought the car was going to blow up. It was scary,” said Helen DeSousa. “I don’t know how that guy got through between the cars. He scratched my husbands truck.”

The driver was transported to Rhode Island Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. His name has not been released.

The cause of the crash has not been determined, though neighbors speculate that the driver may have potentially confused the dead end street for an on-ramp to the highway.

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