MAURY COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) — A Tennessee Highway Patrol trooper is being called a hero for risking his life to save a woman trapped inside a burning car.
Trooper Zac Newton was driving along the Highway 43 Bypass, just north of Summertown in Maury County Tuesday afternoon when he spotted a wrecked car on fire.
He rushed over to the car and realized the female driver could not get out because all of the doors were jammed from the impact of the crash.
Trooper Newton pulled out his baton and smashed in the rear passenger’s side window to pull the woman to safety.
Seconds after the rescue, the car was fully engulfed in flames.
It took firefighters about 30 minutes to put out the fire.
The woman, identified as Greta Bivens of Lawrence County, was transported to Maury Regional Medical Center to be evaluated. She is expected to be OK.
Trooper Newton was praised on Facebook by Maury County District Attorney General Brent Cooper who said, “We are truly blessed to have people like Trooper Newton out there watching out for us.”
If the trooper had arrived just seconds later, the outcome could have been different.
Trooper Newton has served with the THP for two years.