'Team effort' led to Indiana man's rescue from burning car

By Greg Grisolano, Land Line staff writer | Friday, March 22, 2013

A trucker who stopped to help rescue a man trapped in a burning car said it was “a team effort” that helped save the victim’s life.

Tony Linton, a truck driver for UPS Freight, was making his run at around 2:15 a.m. Thursday, March 21, on southbound Interstate 65 near the County Road 600N overpass in Johnson County, IN.

Linton said he was flagged down by a man in the middle of the road frantically waving his arms. As he pulled his Mack truck off to the side of the road, he saw the car on fire. Other drivers began pulling off the road, bringing fire extinguishers and trying to free the man trapped inside the burning vehicle. Linton said he could see flames begin to engulf the dashboard and steering wheel.

“I ran over with my fire extinguisher and started spraying,” he said. “I bet we emptied four extinguishers, and the fire wasn’t going out. I looked down and told the guy ‘Buddy, we gotta get you out.’ He reached up and gave me his hand, but I couldn’t get him out.”

At that point, Linton raced back to his truck while others continued to spray the vehicle. He got on his CB radio and put out the call for more help, for police.

The Indiana State Patrol was already en route, arriving on the scene just as Linton ended his broadcast.

The officer and Linton made their way to the wreck, but by that time, two construction workers with pry bars had ripped the seat out from the floor of the vehicle, and pulled the man out.
“Thank God for them,” he said. “If it wouldn’t have been for that, he would’ve gone up in smoke.”

“The car was in flames big time,” he said. “You could hear the glass popping, and man was it hot.”

The victim, 27-year-old Anthony Ingle of Franklin, IN, was transported to a local hospital for treatment of head injuries and burns. According to reports, Ingle lost control of his vehicle and went off the right side of the roadway. The car traveled up an embankment and struck the overpass before sliding back on to the interstate and catching fire.

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