West Precinct Officers Rescue Teens From Burning Car

By Jonah Spangenthal-Lee July 7, 2010

Several Seattle police officers were injured rescuing a group of teens from a burning car over the weekend.

Police say around 3:00am, a motorcycle and an SUV collided at 7th and Virginia, sparking a massive blaze.

Officers arrived on scene to find the GMC SUV and Yamaha motorcycle "fully engulfed" in flames, which were shooting 15-20 feet in the air.

Police found two people laying on the ground amidst the blaze and pulled them to safety. Officers then grabbed fire extinguishers and were working to put out the burning SUV when they realized there were still several teens inside the vehicle.

Officers pulled the teens to safety as fire crews arrived on scene.

The teens managed to make it out unscathed, but the man and woman on the motorcycle were taken to Harborview for their injuries. The woman sustained a broken leg in the crash, and the man may have fractured his pelvis.

Several officers were also taken to the hospital for treatment for minor smoke inhalation.

Police did not immediately have details on the cause of the collision, but said the department's traffic collision investigation unit is handling the case.

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