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Police pull driver from fiery crash near Grant Middle School

5:50 p.m. — A few northeast area Albuquerque Police Department officers working the graveyard shift could be honored as the department’s heroes of the week after they pulled a woman from her car during a fiery crash at Grants Middle School early Sunday morning.

According to APD spokesman Simon Drobik, an officer on random patrol noticed the woman — who has not yet been identified — driving erratically and tried to follow her, keeping her in and out of sight. The woman allegedly crashed into a pole at the middle school, and the vehicle was already in flames when the officer arrived according to Drobik.

The officer, with help from a sergeant and other officers — none of whom have been identified — pulled the unconscious woman, who was partly on fire, from the vehicle, Drobik said.

“They saved her life, this would have come in as a fatal call, a body found in a car,” Drobik said.

Police tried to put out the flames with a fire extinguisher, but the blaze was too intense, Drobik said.

The woman was in critical but stable condition Sunday and police believe alcohol was a factor in the crash, Drobik said.


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Police officers early this morning pulled a woman from her car after it crashed into a pole near Grant Middle School, an APD spokesman reported this morning.

The driver was unconscious when she was pulled from the car, which caught on fire after the wreck. She was taken to University of New Mexico Hospital, where she was listed in critical but stable condition, police said.

The cause of the accident is still under investigation, but the vehicle was reportedly driving erratically before the crash.