Terrifying dashcam footage captures ten-vehicle horror smash – and quick-thinking strangers who pulled woman from burning car
THIS is the amazing moment dashcam footage captures heroic motorists pulling a trapped woman from a burning car after a horrific 10-car pile-up.
The heart-stopping video begins with a truck slamming through traffic on Route 17 in Binghamton, New York.
The massive truck’s trail of destruction started when its brakes reportedly failed as it drove down the busy highway last Thursday.
After the horror multi-vehicle pile up one of the cars is left smashed into the central reservation.
It quickly bursts into flames.
Drivers are then seen running towards the burning car, reaching into the window and bravely dragging the woman driver to safety.
Others then put out the remainder of the blaze with fire extinguishers.
The Mayor of Binghamton, David Rich, shared the incredible footage on Facebook.
He praised those who helped as ‘brave individuals’, and thanked them on behalf of the community.
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Mayor Rich wrote about the video: “It captures the chilling first moments of the crash and the actions of bystanders who pulled a woman from a burning vehicle.
“In a time of crisis, these brave individuals navigated through flames and broken glass to save a stranger’s life.
“The woman suffered only minor cuts and bruises. Miraculously, the crash resulted in no fatalities.
“We’re still attempting to identify those seen on video so they can be recognized for their efforts.
“On behalf of our entire community, I commend these unsung heroes as well as our local police, fire and EMS first responders. Binghamton is safer because of you.”
A tractor trailer which sparked the massive accidents had faulty brakes, according to later news reports.
The driver, Allen Kirkpatrick, 74, of Wyalusing, Pennsylvania, has been cited for operating an out of service vehicle.
Officials said the cause of the crash remained under investigation but there are reports that traffic congestion in a construction zone was also a factor.