HAMILTON TOWNSHIP — Police continue to investigate a weekend crash that critically injured a woman who was rescued when passers-by lifted the car that had overturned on her.
Police did not release the name of the woman who was hurt Sunday, but they provided a dashboard camera video of the rescue.
The police camera recording released Tuesday shows officers arriving at the scene and running over to a group of people standing near an overturned car with smoke coming out of it. A group of people is then seen lifting the car to move someone from underneath it, while additional cars pass by.
Police and passers-by were able to lift the car and pull the woman out about 1:30 p.m. at Weymouth Road milepost 22, police said.
Police said Sunday that Sgt. Michael Virga and seven passers-by lifted the vehicle so Sgt. Michael Schnurr could pull out the driver.
The identity of the driver, who was in critical condition but expected to recover, was withheld pending notification of relatives, police said.
The woman was flown by helicopter to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, City Campus in Atlantic City, with serious injuries, police said. There was no available update from police Tuesday about the victim’s status.
Maria Gallagher, 48, of Hammonton, said she, her husband and her daughter were driving along that road Sunday when they saw a car overturned with smoke coming from it. They pulled over and Gallagher ran out of the car toward it.
While she said she couldn’t find the driver at first glance, she later realized the driver was face down, under the vehicle.
“I waved my husband down,” Gallagher said, adding that people pulled up and continued getting out of their cars to help.
Gallagher said she held the woman’s hand and tried to keep her calm.
“I said, ‘Stay with us,’” she said.