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Route 5S accident kills one

Monday, April 11, 2011 - Updated: 7:09 AM

By HEATHER NELLIS

Recorder News Staff

GLEN -- A car traveling on Route 5S in the town Sunday morning struck a tree, burst into flames and was quickly consumed, claiming the life of its driver.

When authorities responded to the accident bout 10:15 a.m., the red, four-door sedan was fully engulfed in flames. Bystanders unsuccessfully tried to help the victim, who was riding alone, but their efforts were thwarted by heat and flames.

Montgomery County Undersheriff Jeff Smith said the cause of the accident is under investigation and the name of the victim is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

GAVAC Operations Manager Mickey Swartz said the 911 call came in as "a motor vehicle accident with an explosion" near Borden Road.

"The [ambulance] crews could not even get near the car, and they were cleared from the scene," Swartz said.

Glen Fire Chief J.D. Downing said that because of the nature of the collision, it appeared the vehicle instantaneously erupted upon impact.

"By the time we got there, it was too late. There was too much heat, too many flames. It was awful," Downing said. "The only thing left was the chassis, engine and transmission. [The fire] just obliterated the car."

Downing said firefighters had to cut the top off the vehicle to extricate the victim after the fire was extinguished.

     

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