(WPIX/CNN) — A daring rescue by two police officers saved a New Jersey woman’s life.
Her car, overturned and about to explode, while she was belted inside, unconscious.
The two officers, Mark Ehrenberg and Ricky Ferriola, realize they need to get her out of there and fast.
They have to use a knife to cut off her seatbelt and are finally able to pull her limp body from the wreck, dragging her to safety.
Less than 30 seconds later, the smoke is now billowing and flames are visible, as the officers try to revive the woman across the street.
A couple minutes later, a small explosion and the car is fully engulfed.
“If it wasn’t for the citizen interaction by calling the police about an erratic driver, this woman who was driving, it would have been a fatal motor vehicle accident,” said Sgt. Christopher Carbone of the Kinnelon Police Dept.
Police say the 45-year-old woman they pulled from that car has been charged with driving while intoxicated. They found an open container of alcohol in the car.
She was hospitalized after the accident, but now police say she’s doing okay.