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    Default So much for slow-down move-over. Trooper hit, still manages to rescue idiot driver

    This is why people should be publicly hanged for certain things they do behind the wheel.

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    ORANGE — A state trooper is being hailed as a hero for saving the life of a motorist whose car hit his cruiser and injured him as the trooper investigated a fiery collision on Interstate 95 Saturday.

    State police spokesman Lt. J. Paul Vance said the trooper was investigating an accident near Exit 41 when a car hit his cruiser, which hit him. The car that hit the cruiser then caught on fire.

    Despite suffering a painful injury — believed to be to his shoulder — the trooper made his way to the burning car, cut the female driver’s seatbelt and dragged her from the car, saving her life, Vance said.

    “The trooper is basically a hero,” said Vance.

    The 4 p.m. accident closed all northbound lanes and snarled traffic for at least five miles.

    Vance said the trooper and two people were transported to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

    Witnesses said traffic had slowed due to the original accident and a warning was posted on the highway’s electronic signs. A speeding Volkswagen was using the breakdown lane to get around the traffic jam and smashed directly into the rear of the state police cruiser.


    The crash caused major traffic delays throughout the region. I-95 north was completely stopped and I-95 south slowed to a crawl as police cruisers blocked off the left lane and drivers stopped to catch a glimpse of the dramatic accident scene.

    About an hour after the crash, fire trucks, ambulances and police cars still flooded the highway around the two charred cars. The badly damaged police cruiser remained in the middle of the highway. A fourth car had smashed head-on into the median.

    The right northbound lane reopened around 5:30 p.m., according to Vance.

    Connecticut recently adopted a “Move Over” law that requires motorists to slow down and move over for emergency responders. The law was passed after state trooper Mark Farotti suffered a serious leg injury after he was struck while stopping traffic to help in a highway accident.

    The State Police Accident Reconstruction Unit is assisting in the investigation.
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    How about hanging the idiot in the Volkswagen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ScareCrow57 View Post
    How about hanging the idiot in the Volkswagen.
    What do you think we're talking about? Hanging the trooper? Your stupidity gets worse every day. You really should see a doctor about that.
    Even the burger-flippers at McDonald's probably have some McWackers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nmfire View Post
    What do you think we're talking about? Hanging the trooper? Your stupidity gets worse every day. You really should see a doctor about that.
    Hahahaha this never gets old...
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    Quote Originally Posted by nmfire View Post
    What do you think we're talking about? Hanging the trooper? Your stupidity gets worse every day. You really should see a doctor about that.
    HAHAHAHAHA I was wondering the same thing. Unbelievable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nmfire View Post
    What do you think we're talking about? Hanging the trooper? Your stupidity gets worse every day. You really should see a doctor about that.
    Could have been talking about the great save and a high five. I have to remember that I am dealing with stupid people like you here .

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    Just as an FYI there might be more to this story...but since it doesnt involve the original issue Ill leave it alone for now....at least until SC stops making my head hurt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ScareCrow57 View Post
    Could have been talking about the great save and a high five. I have to remember that I am dealing with stupid people like you here .
    You really have no clue.
    You are mildly amusing, in low doses, like most escaped mental patients.
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    Here is a little more to this incident.

    http://www.newsday.com/long-island/s...i-95-1.1651993

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    Quote Originally Posted by In2theJob View Post
    Here is a little more to this incident.

    http://www.newsday.com/long-island/s...i-95-1.1651993
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    Quote Originally Posted by ScareCrow57 View Post
    How about hanging the idiot in the Volkswagen.
    Or "Could have been talking about a great save and a high five"

    OR you could have been talking , AGAIN,about something you don't even have a CLUE about AND, AS USUAL, DID NOT thoroughly READ!
    WHY don't you just go away? T.C.

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    There was a similar incident in Springfield, VA a year or two ago. State trooper pulled over a VOI and while talking with the driver, he and his cruiser got hit by a drunk driver.

    End result: a cooked cruiser and a very badly bent and broken trooper, who also managed to pull the now unconscious driver from the stopped car.

    I saw what was left of the cruiser....... Lucky boyz is all I can say.

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    Interesting new developement. Seems and off-duty FDNY firefighter pulled her out of the car, not the trooper. No fault of the trooper, the guy just got hit by a car and I wouldn't expect him to be able to do that. But its interesting the CSP PIO is mysteriously silent about why they tried taking credit.

    http://www.connpost.com/ci_13989913

    A veteran New York City firefighter on his way home from the Mohegan Sun casino is being credited with rescuing an Old Lyme woman from a fiery car wreck Saturday afternoon on Interstate 95, just as the 2003 Volkswagen Beetle became engulfed in flames.

    Vincent Sottile, 38, of Lindenhurst,

    N.Y., who works in Ladder 167 in the Flushing section of Queens, thought he had the day off Saturday and was making a leisurely ride back home from the Uncasville casino with his wife, Joanne.

    But what happened next, about 4 p.m, turned out to be "the most dramatic rescue I have ever made" during a 20-year career as a volunteer and paid firefighter, Sottile said.

    When he saw a car on fire on the northbound side of Interstate 95, he stopped his car on the southbound highway's left shoulder. Then, donning his own fire gear -- which just happened to be in the car -- jumped over an I-95 barrier just north of exit 41 in Orange to pull the woman, trapped, semi-conscious and surrounded by flames, out of her burning car.

    Others who frantically tried to help the woman were forced back by the flames, but Sottile said he was able to reach into the burning vehicle and pull out 56-year-old Janice Valliancourt.

    "She was on fire with smoke coming from her body and would have been dead in another minute," Sottile said. "The state trooper on the scene was completely dazed from being involved in the multi-car accident and I was forced to go into his (cruiser's) trunk
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    and take the flares to shut down the interstate. I couldn't believe what was happening."

    He credits the trapped woman's heavily leathered boots with saving her from far more serious injury. "The boots were up past her knees, and were crispy and badly charred. But they protected her from having much more serious burns." Sottile said he would never have been able to rescue the woman if he didn't have his gear to protect him from the raging flames.

    "It just makes the story that much more amazing because I just happened to have been on an assignment in another firehouse the day before we left, and I threw my gear in," he said. "Ordinarily, I would not have had all of that with me."

    A nursing supervisor at Yale-New Haven Hospital said Valliancourt was listed in fair condition about 4 p.m. Sunday.

    Several other people involved in the multi-car accident, that led to a massive traffic back-up on I-95, were treated and released at Yale-New Haven, and from several other area hospitals.

    Initial media reports that the state trooper had pulled the woman from the car are unfounded, according to Sottile, his wife and a spokesman for the FDNY.

    While Lt. J. Paul Vance, State Police spokesman, could not be reached for comment Sunday, he had indicated to media outlets Saturday that the trooper was the one who made his way to the burning car, cut the female driver's seatbelt and rescued her from the car.

    "I was there the whole time and my husband is the only one who got that woman out of the car," Joanne Sottile said.

    State police have indicated a state trooper was investigating an accident near exit 41 when a car hit his cruiser, which then crashed into him. The car that hit the cruiser then caught on fire, which then spread to another car at the scene. The officer was out of his car investigating when the Volkswagen traveling in the left lane struck the rear of his cruiser and threw him into another stopped car, police said.

    The State Police Accident Reconstruction Unit is assisting in the investigation.

    Jim Long, director of public information for FDNY in Brooklyn, said the city is aware of Sottile's actions and plans to present him with some kind of citation.

    "We spoke with firefighter Sottile and he gave us a full account of what occurred, but he's a little humble about it," Long said. "He knew something had to be done at the scene and acted accordingly to assist someone in need, and we are very proud of his actions. He acted in the best traditions of the FDNY and fire service in general. It's another example of someone from the FDNY doing something heroic."
    I won't even bother addressing the blithering idiocy spewed forth by birdbrain since it seems everyone already knows his mindless response makes no sense.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rescue101 View Post
    Or "Could have been talking about a great save and a high five"

    OR you could have been talking , AGAIN,about something you don't even have a CLUE about AND, AS USUAL, DID NOT thoroughly READ!
    WHY don't you just go away? T.C.
    From the article

    A state trooper is being hailed as a hero for saving the life of a motorist whose car hit his cruiser and injured him as the trooper investigated a fiery collision on Interstate 95 Saturday.

    A speeding Volkswagen was using the breakdown lane to get around the traffic jam and smashed directly into the rear of the state police cruiser.
    Now tell me where I am wrong??

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    Quote Originally Posted by nmfire View Post
    Interesting new developement. Seems and off-duty FDNY firefighter pulled her out of the car, not the trooper. No fault of the trooper, the guy just got hit by a car and I wouldn't expect him to be able to do that. But its interesting the CSP PIO is mysteriously silent about why they tried taking credit.

    http://www.connpost.com/ci_13989913



    I won't even bother addressing the blithering idiocy spewed forth by birdbrain since it seems everyone already knows his mindless response makes no sense.
    I still say hang the stupid ignorant dumb azz who was speeding up the breakdown lane in a Volkswagen that caused the problem. I see ignorant people like this all the time. In too much of hurry to just get in line and wait your turn. They go speeding past a line of stopped cars waiting to get off the exit and then at the last minute force their way into line. JERKS everyone one of them.

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    Do we need to have big bird and the cookie monster spell it out for you in a song?? Let me try to make this a little easier for your peabrain to comprehend.

    I said, in reference to the idiot in the volkswagon:
    Quote Originally Posted by nmfire View Post
    This is why people should be publicly hanged for certain things they do behind the wheel.
    Then you said:
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    How about hanging the idiot in the Volkswagen.
    DUH?? Do you understand why you sound like a moron now? Or is there too much bird crap clogging up that section of your brain? Everyone here is talking about the idiot in the Volkswagon being the moron responsible. Who the hell do you think we're talking about?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ScareCrow57 View Post
    Could you post it here. They want you to register to get the content. Thanks pal.
    Didn't realize it was locked down pal.

    LI firefighter rescues woman from burning car on I-95
    December 13, 2009 By JENNIFER MALONEY jennifer.maloney@newsday.com

    Quick SummaryVincent Sottile was driving home to Lindenhurst after a night with his wife at the Mohegan Sun casino when he spotted two men trying to a pull a woman from a burning car.


    Photo credit: Charles Eckert | NYC firefighter Vincent Sottile of Lindenhurst rescued a woman from a burning car on I-95 in Connecticut on Saturday. (Dec. 13, 2009)

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    Map data 2009 Google - Terms of Useview large map Vincent Sottile was driving home to Lindenhurst on I-95 after a night with his wife at the Mohegan Sun casino when he spotted two men trying to a pull a woman from a burning car.

    By chance, Sottile, 38, an FDNY firefighter and 20-year volunteer for the Lindenhurst Fire Department, had his gear in the back of his Chevy Blazer. He threw on his turnout coat and gloves, climbed over the median, plunged his hands into the flames and pulled the woman out of the window, Sottile said in an interview Sunday.

    The fire, about 3:45 p.m. Saturday in the northbound lanes of I-95 in Orange, Conn., was the scene of a double accident that also injured a Connecticut state trooper.

    Connecticut State Police Lt. J. Paul Vance said Sottile was among a number of people who helped save the woman. "There's many people who deserve credit. The trooper called for help because he couldn't get her out of the car. I think the firefighter deserves credit for stopping. We certainly commend him for doing so," Vance said.

    The crashes were still under investigation Sunday, and no charges have been filed, said Vance, who said he did not know the woman's condition.

    The trooper was investigating a three-car crash when a speeding Volkswagen crashed into the rear of his cruiser, Vance said. The cruiser lurched into another vehicle, which struck the trooper, throwing him into the median. The trooper was treated for a shoulder injury at a local hospital and released.

    The Volkswagen then burst into flames. When Sottile arrived, flames were rolling over the roof. The female driver was unconscious, pinned under the steering wheel. "Two people, two civilians, were trying to pull her jacket, but they kept getting pushed away by the fire," Sottile said.

    After Sottile pulled the woman from the car, he said he and a nurse, who had also stopped at the accident scene, checked the woman for injuries and pulled off her charred boots. She had minor burns - the equivalent of a sunburn - and a bloody eye, and was semiconscious when an ambulance took her away, he said.

    Sottile and the trooper pulled flares from the wrecked cruiser and used them to block traffic on the interstate, Sottile said.

    Meanwhile, a second car near the Volkswagen caught fire, Sottile said.

    The Orange and New Haven fire departments responded, and Sottile said he offered a hand, pulling on the rest of his gear to help extinguish the fires.

    "This was my most thrilling, my most satisfying rescue," said Sottile, who has worked as a New York City firefighter for seven years and is based at Ladder 167 in Flushing. "All that training, it finally paid off."

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    Sounds like it was a job well done by everyone. It would have been an amazing story had the trooper done what they said in the first news article. But i must say after being hit by a car it would take alot to then pull someone out of theirs.
    Can you imagine what the first in truck must have thought when pulling up. "engine 5 on scene, FDNY on scene also" deffinatly a WTF moment for everyone, a smashed cruiser, burning car, and a a guy in FDNY turnouts standing there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zackman1801 View Post
    Sounds like it was a job well done by everyone. It would have been an amazing story had the trooper done what they said in the first news article. But i must say after being hit by a car it would take alot to then pull someone out of theirs.
    Can you imagine what the first in truck must have thought when pulling up. "engine 5 on scene, FDNY on scene also" deffinatly a WTF moment for everyone, a smashed cruiser, burning car, and a a guy in FDNY turnouts standing there.
    I imagine it was his Lindenhurst gear. I'm not sure, perhaps the paid guys can elaborate, but most of them leave their gear in the station. I believe they hardly ever respond form home

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    "It just makes the story that much more amazing because I just happened to have been on an assignment in another firehouse the day before we left, and I threw my gear in," he said. "Ordinarily, I would not have had all of that with me."
    It was FDNY gear. Try reading the article.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ScareCrow57 View Post
    I imagine it was his Lindenhurst gear. I'm not sure, perhaps the paid guys can elaborate, but most of them leave their gear in the station. I believe they hardly ever respond form home
    Like Bones said...

    "It just makes the story that much more amazing because I just happened to have been on an assignment in another firehouse the day before we left, and I threw my gear in," he said. "Ordinarily, I would not have had all of that with me."
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    Quote Originally Posted by ScareCrow57 View Post
    I still say hang the stupid ignorant dumb azz who was speeding up the breakdown lane in a Volkswagen that caused the problem. I see ignorant people like this all the time. In too much of hurry to just get in line and wait your turn. They go speeding past a line of stopped cars waiting to get off the exit and then at the last minute force their way into line. JERKS everyone one of them.
    Yeah like the one you see everyday in the mirror!!!
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    I should start a collection of photos from incidents like these for a 'show and tell' at the Defensive Driving Classes I teach.....might (possibly?) make some people sit up and take notice to what they are doing is DANGEROUS!

    Or am I just having a pipe dream.......

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