Police: Good Samaritans helped save victims of fiery crash


MIDDLEBORO, Mass. (WPRI) — Three people are being treated for serious injuries following a fiery crash on I-495 Thursday morning.

According to Massachusetts State Police, the driver lost control of his pickup truck around 9:30 a.m. in between southbound Exits 2 and 3 in Middleboro, causing it to roll over and crash into a tree.

The driver and a juvenile passenger were trapped inside the vehicle, which police said also caught fire.

It was then, according to police, that three passersby stopped at the scene and managed to extinguish the fire and tend to the victims until first responders arrived.

Police said firefighters used the Jaws of Life to free the two people from the truck.

The driver, a 26-year-old man from Providence, was taken to Tobey Hospital in Wareham before he was flown to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston to be treated for serious injuries, according to police.

The 17-year-old juvenile was flown to Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston with serious injuries while a third passenger, an 18-year-old man from Lincoln, also suffered serious injuries and was flown to Rhode Island Hospital for treatment, police said.

No charges have been filed at this time. The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

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