Three Atlantic City Police Officers along with passing motorists all worked together Thursday afternoon to rescue a trapped man from a burning car.

Around 12:30 Thursday afternoon, officers responded to a crash on Route 40/322. According to a press release, a vehicle driven by 37-year-old Roberto Salazar from Pleasantville rear-ended another car, sending Salazar's vehicle off the road and into a utility pole where it caught fire.

Several Atlantic City police officers along with other motorists attempted to get Salazar out of the burning vehicle, but his leg was stuck. After his seat belt was cut, he was pulled from the vehicle while another motorist put out the fire.

Several witnesses, including two off-duty Atlantic City Police Officers, reported seeing Salazar driving in an erratic manner right before the crash.

The vehicle that Salazar struck was occupied by an 86-year-old man and an 87-year-old woman from Cherry Hill; they were not injured. Salazar and one of the responding officers were taken to ARMC-City with non-life threatening injuries.

Salazar was issued a summons for reckless driving with a future court date.

 

SOURCE: Atlantic City Police Department press release

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