CHICAGO (CBS) — Two Cook County Sheriff’s police officers were being hailed as heroes Wednesday, after pulling a driver from a burning car overnight on Interstate 80 near Hazel Crest.
Shortly before 2 a.m., the driver of a four-door Chevy was heading east on I-80, near the Interstate 57 junction, when he lost control of the vehicle. The driver said he swerved to avoid hitting a coyote, and crashed through a guardrail.READ MORE: Assessing The Damage: Tornado That Ripped Through DuPage County Classified As EF-3
Cook County Sheriff’s Police Officer William Hoefler said he and his rookie partner, Viktor Yatsyk, were on routine patrol when they saw the car off the side of the road and ran up to it. They noticed the engine was on fire.
“I asked him to get out of the car. He said that he couldn’t. I told him it was on fire. He said that the doors weren’t working. He couldn’t unlock them. He couldn’t open them,” Hoefler said.