Civilians pull driver from burning vehicle after crash


DOUGLAS, Ill. (WAND) - Civilians turned into heroes as they pulled a driver from a burning car after a crash on I-57 Tuesday afternoon.

Troopers were called to the crash just before 2 p.m. on I-57 Northbound at Milepost 217.8 in Champaign County.

Three vehicles were involved in a wreck.

Troopers said all three were traveling north when they approached a traffic backup due to another crash.

Officers said one driver, 31-year-old Andrew Bergan of Champaign, and another driver, 40-year-old Amanda Drummond of Mattoon with 18-year-old Megan Drummond of Mattoon as a passenger, were stopped in the right lane.

They said a third driver, 35-year-old Brandon Boyd of Brownsville, Tenn., rear-ended Bergan, causing him to strike Drummond's vehicle.

Boyd left the road and went into the right ditch.

Bergan and Drummond left the road to the left and came to rest in the median.

Bergan's vehicle caught fire.

Three other motorists and a trooper pulled him from the vehicle. He was transported by helicopter to a hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Both Amanda Drummond and Megan Drummond were taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Boyd was cited for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.

Everyone involved in the wreck were wearing seatbelts.

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