03/05/2012

Troopers injured saving woman trapped in burning SUV

Within 20 seconds, the entire engine compartment went ablaze

By Tina Sfondeles
Chicago Sun-Times

Henry Spight rescued two people from a burning vehicle as they sat motionless in fear nearly 13 years ago. The Illinois State Police sergeant did it again early Sunday - this time with a lot of backup.

Trooper Jacqueline Del Villar was the first to respond to the 4 a.m. drunken-driving crash on the Sibley Boulevard ramp in Dolton. She ran to the burning Chevrolet Tahoe that had plunged into a tree. Tamara Jackson's body hung outside the driver's side window as more than 15 bystanders surrounded the flames. Both of Jackson's legs were stuck underneath the dashboard.

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