A 50-year-old woman, unconscious after suffering a medical episode and crashing into a tree Wednesday in West Hills, was pulled from her car by her son and a couple of Good Samaritans before the vehicle caught fire, police and witnesses said.
The woman and her 18-year-old son, who was a passenger in the Subaru at the time of the crash, were taken to Huntington Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, Suffolk police said.
The crash occurred at about 11:45 a.m. on southbound Cold Spring Hills Road, police said.
A police spokeswoman said the woman's son "pulled her from the car, which did go on fire."
Huntington Manor firefighters extinguished the fire, according to a department spokesman.
After the crash, those nearby got involved and helped pull the woman clear from the wreck shortly before the car burst into flames.
Bob Harrington, 62, of Huntington, said he was en route to a friend's bicycle shop when he saw what he thought was a fender bender between the woman's car, a Subaru, and another vehicle behind it with flashing lights.
Harrington said that as he pulled around the crash area, he realized the woman was only "partially out of the car," with her back on the road and feet still in the vehicle.
He was about to call 911 when a woman on the lawn across the street said that help was on the way.
As Harrington approached the car, he said, he saw that it was on fire.
Another man then said the woman needed to be pulled clear from car because he feared it was about to ignite. Harrington and the other man grabbed the woman and carried her clear from the wreck to a nearby lawn.
"It was a bunch of people stepping up and doing what had to be done," Harrington said.