Dix Hills woman rescued from burning car

Witnesses and rescuers say a Dix Hills woman is lucky to be alive after she was freed from her burning car early Thursday morning. Suffolk police say 41-year-old Laura Lipsky smashed her car into a tree

News 12 Staff

Feb 27, 2009, 2:20 AM

Updated 5,615 days ago

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Witnesses and rescuers say a Dix Hills woman is lucky to be alive after she was freed from her burning car early Thursday morning.
Suffolk police say 41-year-old Laura Lipsky smashed her car into a tree around 1 a.m. on Half Hollow Road. The car then burst into flames and Lipsky became pinned inside the car.
Steven Franchi, of North Babylon, was the first on the scene. He just finished his shift driving a limo when he spotted the car ablaze.
?When I realized that someone was in the car the only thing I could think about was getting her out,? Franchi says.
Franchi called 911. Firefighters and police officers arrived. It took six men to free Lipsky. Dix Hills firefighter Brian Gleason says Lipsky?s legs were pinned underneath the dashboard of the car.
?It was big feeling of relief,? says Assistant Fire Chief Richard Granahan. ?I wish we could have gotten her out faster, but under the circumstances all the guys came together and they did real well.?
Lipsky is listed in stable condition with second- and third-degree burns to her lower torso and legs. A few of her rescuers were treated for smoke inhalation.


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