A driver was temporarily trapped inside a burning vehicle early Thursday morning after it slammed into a cement power pole in Ocala.
Crews from Ocala Fire Rescue responded to the crash in the 2200 block of Silver Springs Boulevard at 3:59 a.m. and when they arrived, they found the burning vehicle with two electrical transformers lying on and beside the car. Power in the area also was reported to be out for several hundred residents.
As firefighters began attacking the flames, the trapped driver attempted to exit the vehicle through the driver’s side passenger window. The driver then broke out the rear window and escaped from the burning vehicle, an Ocala Fire Rescue report says.
Firefighters were then able to use a pike pole to push back the rear-side airbag curtain to make sure no one else was inside the vehicle, the report says.
Once the driver was free from the vehicle and electrical hazards were mitigated, crews proceeded to extinguish the blaze. The driver was transported to Ocala Regional Medical Center and no other injuries were reported in the incident that forced officials to close a portion of Silver Springs Boulevard for several hours.
A battalion chief and crews from Engine 1, Rescue 1 and Tower 1 responded to the crash, as did officers from the Ocala Police Department and crews from Marion County Fire Rescue.
Fire officials also want to remind area residents that the best way to assist during an incident involving live wires or electric current is to remain far from the scene and contact emergency responders immediately.