Onlookers aid victims in LIE crash

Witnesses helped emergency personnel in the rescue effort. (12/20/12)

YAPHANK - Witnesses aided emergency personnel yesterday afternoon after a 35-car accident on the Long Island Expressway that left one woman dead and 33 others injured.

Steve Hanges, a retired officer, says he saw one woman unconscious and trapped in a burning car. While he was trying to extinguish the flames, more help arrived.

"Two guys [came] out of nowhere," Hanges says. "They were like angels. They came over and opened up the passenger side door and were pulling on her."

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Witnesses say onlookers also aided in the rescue effort by bringing water and bandaging victims.

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