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Undercover deputy rescued 2 unconscious women from burning car, sheriff says

Posted at 12:28 PM, Mar 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-11 12:28:57-04

HANOVER TOWNSHIP, Ohio — An undercover deputy pulled two unconscious women from a burning vehicle Sunday morning, Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones said.

A 2007 Volkswagon on Hamilton Richmond Road went off the road, crashed into a pole, rolled onto its top and caught on fire at about 5 a.m., Jones said in a news release. The first person on the scene was an undercover agent with the Butler County Undercover Regional Narcotics Taskforce, he said.

The deputy found a 23-year-old driver and 20-year-old passenger, both from Hamilton, unconscious in the burning vehicle, Jones said. He pulled them both from the rear of the vehicle as the fire entered the passenger area.

Both women were driven to Fort Hamilton Hospital with minor visible injuries, Jones said.

"It is a great day when we can save lives," Jones said in the news release. "These young ladies are very lucky to be here. I am proud of the deputy's quick actions on getting them out safely. He risked his life to save theirs and it ended with everyone alive."

Authorities are not releasing the deputy's identitity due to being part of the undercover task force.

The investigation into the crash is continuing. Jones said it's unknown if speed or alcohol were factors.