Person killed as car bursts into flames
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.
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.