State Troopers Injured Rescuing Woman from Burning Car

The SUV caught fire and the driver was trapped inside

Friday, Sep 21, 2012  |  Updated 10:15 PM CDT
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State Troopers Save Woman from Burning Car

A preliminary investigation by state police found that about 4 a.m., a black 2004 Chevrolet Tahoe was on the I-94 southbound exit ramp to Sibley Boulevard when it struck a tree. The SUV caught fire and the driver was trapped inside.

Two Illinois State Police troopers were injured when they pulled a passenger out of a burning car on I-94 southbound early Sunday.

A preliminary investigation by state police found that about 4 a.m., a black 2004 Chevrolet Tahoe was on the I-94 southbound exit ramp to Sibley Boulevard when it struck a tree. The SUV caught fire and the driver was trapped inside.

Illinois State Police District Chicago Sergeant Henry Spight and Trooper Jacqueline Del Villar arrived on scene and found the Tahoe engulfed in flames, the release said. Witnesses told them the driver was trapped, and Spight and Del Villar were able to pull her out of the burning vehicle.

Both Sergeant Spight and Trooper Del Villar suffered burns and cuts to their hands, as well as smoke inhalation. Both officers were being treated at an area hospital and are expected to be released.

The driver of the Tahoe, identified as Tamara Jackson, 34, of Chicago was taken to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Jackson has been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol.

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