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Lynbrook Fights Overturned Car Fire; Four Injured

Off Duty Lynbrook Police Officer Rescues Trapped Victim seconds before Explosion

Story and photos by Ex-Captain Steve Grogan

On Friday, May 5, 2006, at approximately 11:30 PM, the Lynbrook Fire Department was dispatched to a reported auto accident with overturned vehicle, people trapped, and the car on fire, at the intersection of Peninsula Blvd and Sunrise Highway. Immediately the Chiefs of the Department responded as did the Emergency Medical Company and the Extrication Team, followed by the two fire companies, Engine Company #1, and Tally-Ho Engine Company #3..         

 

When the Chief Festa arrived on the scene a wall of flame was emitting from the Jeep, which was lying on its top, and he requested a forthwith response from the fire units. Luckily, all of the occupants of the burning and overturned vehicle escaped the vehicle with the help of an off-duty Lynbrook police officer and a second unknown motorist just before it blew up in flames.  Police Officer Jaycee Indiviglio, 33, and a resident of Lynbrook, was driving on Peninsula Blvd when he saw the airborne Jeep just up in front of him as it collided with two other vehicles.   Indiviglio first ran to the vehicles closest to him and checked on the occupants before running to the upside down Jeep.  When he got to the Jeep he saw the gasoline pouring out all over the roadway from the ruptured gas tank.  The driver was trapped inside.  Indiviglio and the second motorist could not get the front doors open and had to go into the vehicle through a back door and pull the driver over the front seat and out of the vehicle.  The officer and the motorist had just gotten the driver out when the Jeep exploded in flames.  Flames were quickly shooting 30 feet in the air from the fully engulfed vehicle.  The other two cars in the accident were not as seriously damaged. 

 

The Emergency Medical Company immediately went to work on the injured while Engine Company stretched two lines to the burning vehicle and Tally-Ho Company supplied water to Engine Company after picking up the hydrant down Peninsula Blvd on the Water Company property.  A quick hose line attack put out the fire in just a few minutes.  A dike of soil was also built by the firefighters in the roadway of Peninsula Blvd to stop the flow of motor oil and gasoline from going into the nearby storm drain.  The Nassau County Fire Marshal’s Office also responded to the scene to check for hazards and ground contamination.  A total of four people needed medical assistance. 

 

The Medical Company after stabilizing the injured, sent two of the injured in Lynbrook’s ambulance to the hospital, while the East Rockaway and Rockville Centre Fire Departments, called on a mutual aid response, each took one of the injured to the hospital in their ambulances.  Firefighters were at the scene for about an hour.

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