Onlookers aid victims in LIE crash

Witnesses helped emergency personnel in the rescue effort.

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."

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

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