Hunters help save woman from burning car

NOBLE COUNTY, Ind. (WANE) Four people out hunting helped a man save his sister from a burning car Sunday after a crash, according to the Noble County Sheriff’s Department. It was their quick response that allowed the woman to walk away with minor injuries.

Investigators said Patricia L. Lytal, 79, of California was following her brother’s vehicle on CR 330 N. near Long Lake Road, which is just west of Black Pine Animal Sanctuary.  Police said the sun was in her eye when she missed a curve, which caused her car to roll over onto the driver’s side. The sheriff’s department said her car was on fire as her brother and four hunters rolled the vehicle onto its wheels. They then removed her from the car before first responders arrived.

MAP | CR 300 N/ Long Lake Road

There’s only a six minute difference from the time first responders got the report that Lytal’s car had rolled over, at 9:03 a.m., to the time when the car was engulfed in flames, at 9:09 a.m., according to a post on the sheriff’s department’s Facebook page.

“As a community, we can all be proud to know that citizens like these are willing to put themselves in danger to help another,” the Facebook posts reads. The brother and hunters were identified as Jeff Dull, John Metzger, Jon Edwards, Don Heingartner and Larry McCullough.

Lytal suffered neck and chest injuries and was taken to a hospital in Fort Wayne. The department said she had no burns. There were no other injuries.

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