Updated: Woman Flown to Hospital after Fiery Turnpike Wreck
The one-vehicle crash occurred near mile marker 22 in Cranberry Friday night.
A woman was flown by medical helicopter to UPMC Presbyterian in Pittsburgh Friday night after a fiery wreck on the Turnpike.
The one-vehicle crash occurred near mile marker 22 of the highway's westbound lanes in Cranberry around midnight, according to a Turnpike spokesman. Cranberry firefighters extricated one person from the SUV, which had caught on fire, state police said.
Fire chief Brian Kovac said the woman, who was the only person in the vehicle, was not burned by the fire. Bystanders were able to put out most of the flames using fire extinguishers before firefighters arrived on the scene, he said.
"We hit a few hot spots that were still going in the car, but she was not affected by the fire," Kovac said of the driver. "It was kept in the engine compartment."
The chief did not know the extent of the woman's injuries, but said she was conscious when firefighters pulled her from the SUV after removing the door. Kovac said the woman was partially pinned by the steering wheel.
The crash, which shut down the Turnpike, was cleared by 1 a.m. There was minimal impact on traffic while crews removed the vehicle from the scene, Turnpike officials said.
Kovac said the woman was flown to the hospital within 30 minutes of firefighters being dispatched to the scene.
"It was very fast extrication," he said. "The guys did an outstanding job."
No other information was available from authorities Saturday morning. Check back with Cranberry Patch for updates.