Truckers pull Gary officer from burning squad car

April 26, 2014 (GARY, Ind.)

Gary Police Chief Wade Ingram tells The Times of Munster that passing truck drivers stopped and pulled the 26-year-old Officer Michael Mitchell from his squad car after Thursday night's fiery crash. Mitchell was taken to a local hospital with injuries to one of his legs.

The Lake County Sheriff's Department says Mitchell was southbound on an overpass over the Interstate 80-94 Borman Expressway when another motorist cut him off. His squad car then struck a curb and became engulfed in flames.

Lake County police spokeswoman Patti Van Til says the other driver fled the scene.

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