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Dashcam video shows police and bystanders rescuing a woman from a burning car

UPDATE: The 73-year-old Muskegon woman rescued from the crashed vehicle has died. Michigan State Police initially reported that the woman was expected to survive.

MUSKEGON COUNTY, MI – A State Police trooper and bystanders worked together to rescue a woman from an overturned vehicle in Muskegon County.

The accident happened just before 1 p.m. on August 22 on West River Road, east of Horton Road in Laketon Township.

Police say a 73-year-old Muskegon woman driving a 2018 Chevy Equinox drove off the road after apparently having a medical event.

Police dash cam video shows a soldier arriving at the burning vehicle with a few bystanders already present.

The soldier and bystanders tried to break the windshield. The soldier used his hands, arms and feet on the windshield.

The soldier also used a fire extinguisher to try to extinguish the flames. At one point, a Muskegon County Sheriff’s Deputy arrived to help and used a second extinguisher on the flames.

Eventually, police worked with bystanders to straighten the vehicle. State police said a total of five fire extinguishers were used to contain the flames during the rescue.

The driver was conscious and alert during the rescue, but was trapped in the vehicle.

Once they arrived on the scene, the firefighters were able to extract him from the vehicle. She was taken to a local hospital and was expected to survive.