Witnesses save Holland woman from fiery crash

HOLLAND, Mich. (WOOD) — Crash witnesses are being credited for rescuing a Holland woman as flames engulfed her vehicle.

The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department says a four-vehicle crash on U.S. 31 at 8th Avenue sparked the fire. Investigators say 37-year-old Barbuhelga Coleman failed to stop at the intersection, driving into the path of a second vehicle around 2:45 p.m. Tuesday. The second vehicle hit a third car which hit in turn hit a fourth vehicle.

Sgt. Matt Wildfong said witnesses pulled Coleman from her burning car and dragged her to safety. She was taken to a nearby hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

No others were injured in the crash, which temporarily shut down the highway for about a half hour.

Authorities said Coleman was ticketed for failing to stop at a red light.

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