Per­son killed as car bursts into flames

Windsor Star - - FRONT PAGE - TREVOR WIL­HELM twil­helm@postmedia.com

There was noth­ing any­one could do.

A group of hor­ri­fied by­standers looked on help­lessly Sun­day night after a car flipped over in a deep ditch on Nay­lor Sideroad and burst into flames with some­one trapped in­side.

“There was some­body trapped in the car,” said Tina Brigley, the first per­son to come across the smok­ing car on its roof in a deep ditch.

“Within two min­utes, it just burst into flames. At this time, there was prob­a­bly 10 cars that had pulled over on the side of the road. There was just not time to do any­thing. It just went up into flames. You see it go up in flames and then there’s noth­ing you can do. We’re all there on the side of the road wait­ing for some­body to come. It’s hor­ri­fy­ing.”

Es­sex County OPP con­firmed late Sun­day nigh the per­son in the ve­hi­cle had died.

The col­li­sion hap­pened shortly after 5 p.m. on Nay­lor Sideroad near Es­sex. Es­sex County OPP had Nay­lor shut down for hours be­tween South Mid­dle Road and North Tal­bot Road, di­vert­ing a con­stant stream of cu­ri­ous driv­ers in other di­rec­tions.

The road­blocks were far from the scene of the crash, but sev­eral ve­hi­cles with flash­ing lights were still vis­i­ble in the dis­tance. Sev­eral OPP cruis­ers and fire ve­hi­cles could also be seen spo­rad­i­cally leav­ing the area.

An of­fi­cer in an OPP cruiser was posted at the South Mid­dle Road Side mak­ing sure no one en­tered the area.

Brigley said it ap­peared to be a sin­gle car crash. She was driv­ing down Nay­lor toward Es­sex around 5:20 p.m. when she no­ticed a car up­side down in the ditch. She stopped and called 911. While she was on the phone, an­other per­son stopped. That woman said she could see some­one trapped in the car.

“She said she saw a hand,” said Brigley. “She said she saw some­one try­ing to get out, so she was con­scious.”

Brigley said there was an ex­plo­sion and the car burst into flames.

“The car just went up, it caught on fire,” she said. “I told 911 that the car was now on fire, that there were peo­ple trapped in the car. She said make sure ev­ery­body is away from the car. So I just yelled for ev­ery­body to get away.”

Brigley said no one could get to the car and any­one in­side couldn’t get out. The car was up­side down, wedged in the deep ditch, so the doors wouldn’t open. The per­son also seemed to be pinned in the car un­der an airbag and seat­belt.

“She would have had to ei­ther climb out the back or climb out the front,” said Brigley. “But the back was on fire. The airbag had de­ployed so she was stuck with her seat­belt.”

But the back was on fire. The airbag had de­ployed so she was stuck with her seat­belt.

TREVOR WIL­HELM

Nay­lor Sideroad be­tween South Mid­dle Road and North Tal­bot Road was closed for ap­prox­i­mately four hours by Es­sex County OPP fol­low­ing a fa­tal crash shortly after 5 p.m.

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