Deputies, firefighters rescue man from burning car

It was a harrowing rescue in Citrus County as deputies arrived to a crash scene with a man trapped inside a minivan that had burst into flames and was upside down.

The vehicle and semi-trailer crashed Monday night near U.S. Highway 19 and Venable St. Ten deputies who responded used all their fire extinguishers to try and fight back the flames while also trying to use crow bars to get to the driver.

The doors were stuck, so deputies had to remove the windows to the minivan and crawl in to get to the driver and try to extinguish the flames.

The fire department arrived on the scene and firefighters were able to quickly put out the fire and rescue and pull the man to safety.

He suffered second and third degree burns, but is alive thanks to the first responders. “This was teamwork at its finest,” said Battalion Chief Keith Long after the incident. “We all came together perfectly to save this man, doing exactly what we were trained to do at the exact moment we were supposed to do it.”

The driver of the minivan is being treated at Tampa General Hospital. He's identified as Charles Anthony Boyd, 22. The driver of the semi-trailer was not injured.

 

We posted earlier today about how our deputies and firefighters, along with EMS, worked together to free a young man who...

Posted by Citrus County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday, November 24, 2015

 

Up Next:


Up Next

  • Deputies, firefighters rescue man from burning car
  • Judge, quoting Carly Simon, denies request to move trial so witness can watch eclipse
  • Sundial, Bok Tower Gardens popular for eclipse-watchers
  • Search for female TV thief who struck twice, deputies say
  • Busy MacDill AFB about to get busier
  • Building codes have changed in 25 years since Hurricane Andrew
  • Donate used solar eclipse glasses to kids in South America, Asia
  • Manatee Co. monument brings protesters Monday night
  • Man who hit tow truck driver takes plea deal
  • Elderly woman followed home from store, robbed in driveway