Neighbor Helps Police Pull Seriously Injured Teenager, 19, From Burning Car in Woodbridge Crash: Police

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Woodbridge Police Department

Police officers and a neighbor pulled an unresponsive driver from a burning car after a fiery crash in Woodbridge early Saturday morning.

Justin Proto, 19, of Orange, was seriously injured after veering off Baldwin Road in the southbound direction and striking a tree near Greenway Road, police said.

Woodbridge police responded to the intersection of Baldwin and Greenway roads Saturday at about 3:56 a.m. to investigate a reported motor vehicle accident. A 2014 Nissan Altima was on fire when they arrived and the driver, Proto, was unresponsive, police said.

A neighbor woken up after hearing the crash came outside and helped police pull Proto from the flaming vehicle and carry him to a nearby field.

Emergency responders tended to Proto there and gave medical assistance. An American Medical Response ambulance transported him to Yale-New Haven Hospital to be treated for serious injuries.

Woodbridge firefighters responded and put out the car fire.

Police are investigating the cause of the crash.

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