Officers and Motorists Pull Man from Burning Car After Accident
For Immediate Release: February 23, 2017
On February 23, 2017, officers and motorists rescued a trapped driver from a burning vehicle after a two car motor vehicle crash. The accident sent one driver and a responding police officer to the hospital.
At 12:37 pm, patrol officers responded to a motor vehicle crash in the eastbound lanes of Route 40. A vehicle driven by Roberto Salazar, a 37 year old male from Pleasantville, rear-ended a sedan sending Salazar’s vehicle off the roadway striking a pole.
Several witnesses, including off-duty Atlantic City Police Officers Syed Shah and Sumon Majumder, reported seeing Salazar driving in an erratic manner right before the crash.
Officers Shah and Majumder along with other motorists attempted to get Salazar out of the vehicle. Officer Anthony Casale arrived on scene and was immediately called to Salazar’s vehicle to assist. Salazar’s leg was trapped and he was unable to get out the vehicle which was on fire. Officer Casale used his expandable baton to break the passenger side window and unlock the doors. Salazar had to have his seatbelt cut off before he was safely removed from the vehicle. While pulling Salazar from the vehicle, another motorist was able to put out the fire with a fire extinguisher.
The vehicle that Salazar struck was occupied by an 86 year old male and 87 year old female from Cherry Hill. The couple was not injured and refused any medical treatment.
Salazar and Officer Casale were transported to the AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, City Division, with non-life threatening injuries.
The Atlantic City Fire Department, Atlantic City Electric, and the South Jersey Transportation Authority assisted at the accident scene. Salazar was issued a summons for reckless driving with a future court date.
The Atlantic City Police Department would like to thank the brave citizens who assisted us in removing Salazar from his burning vehicle.
This accident was investigated by Officer Ivan Lopez. Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact the Atlantic City Police Department Accident Investigations Section at 609-347-5788. Information can be text to TIP411 (847411). Begin the text with ACPD. All texts are anonymous.