Witness: Group worked to free trapped crash victims

ATTLEBORO, Mass. (WPRI) – Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding a car accident that left one person dead and injured two others.

Emergency crews were called to the scene on Route 1 near Mendon Road around 10:30 p.m. Saturday, after a Mitsubishi Eclipse had collided with a Toyota.

Dorothy Scott, who is a CPR and First Aid trainer, said she was jolted from her sleep inside her Mendon Road home when the cars collided and ran outside.

“There was nothing but smoke surrounding the car. You couldn’t even tell what kind of car it was,” she said. “I heard a gentleman yelling ‘the cars on fire, the cars on fire! We need extinguishers!”

Two men were trapped inside the car which was only yards away from a Hess gas station.

“I just sprinted over there, grabbed a couple of fire extinguishers, brought them over, and handed them off to a couple of the guys,” Scott said. “It took four guys to actually yank that door open.”

EMTs worked quickly to free the driver who was trapped by the dashboard. The driver was later pronounced dead. The 40-year-old passenger was taken to Rhode Island Hospital with serious injuries, while the 39-year-old driver of the SUV sustained minor injuries.

Scott told Eyewitness News she was amazed by the actions of those on scene.

“It was phenomenal how everyone worked as a team. It wasn’t about being a hero, it was about saving whoever was at risk.”

Police have not yet disclosed the identity of the deceased, his passenger, or the female driver.

Attleboro police also said that the car is believed to have been involved in a hit-and-run crash in Pawtucket a short time before the crash on Mendon Road. An investigation is ongoing.

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