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Bystander helps ETX woman who was on fire


The Big Sandy Police Department says a woman driving down Tyler Street hit something in the road, causing her car to catch fire.

Officer Zak Rajsek says the object became lodged under the woman's car and she continued to drive several feet before stopping. Rajsek says the vehicle began to leak gas and quickly caught fire with the woman inside.

According to police, the woman was able to get out of her vehicle, but her legs were on fire. Rajsek says a bystander used a jacket to put the fire out on the woman's legs.

Officials have not released the name of the driver but say she was transported to East Texas Medical Center with burns to her hands and legs.

The Big Sandy Police Department is completing a crash report on the incident and say they never found the object that started the fire. They say the object probably burned with the car.

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