Good Samaritans credited with saving Auburn teen’s life following car crash

Posted July 24, 2012, at 5:32 a.m.

LEWISTON, Maine — Authorities are crediting three men with saving the life of an 18-year-old Auburn woman following a late-night car crash Monday on Sabattus Street.

Alexandria Shaw was pulled from the wreckage of her 1991 Oldsmobile Toronado by Tony Crowley, Ryan Bigelow and Daniel Wood, who stopped immediately following the 10:15 p.m. crash at 1362 Sabattus St.

“She’s lucky. The car was on fire and they pulled her out and put [the fire] out,” said Lt. Tim Traynor of the Lewiston Fire Department.

According to police, Shaw lost control of her car which skidded about 186 feet before leaving the road, hitting a pile of dirt and striking a house and tree before flipping over and landing on its roof. Homeowners Amy and Michael Tremblay were not home at the time of the crash.

Traynor’s crew was heading back to headquarters from another call and was one of the first to arrive on the scene. He said firefighters and rescue personnel immediately focused on Shaw, who was out of the car thanks to the men. The car was still smoking when officers arrived, but the three found a bucket and used a faucet on the side of the home to get water to douse the fire before it spread.

“All I heard was a whole lot of screeching tires,” said a man who lived across the street from the home. “I heard the brakes squeal, screeching tires, a bit of a thump and I looked out the window. The next thing I knew there was a car over there upside down and on fire.”

Officer Robert Pearce of the Lewiston Police Department said Shaw was taken to a hospital with injuries not believed to be life-threatening. He said late Monday night that the crash remained under investigation.

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