Washington State troopers respond to a Wednesday crash on SR3.                                Washington State Patrol/ Courtesy photo

Washington State troopers respond to a Wednesday crash on SR3. Washington State Patrol/ Courtesy photo

Man was trapped in car reportedly on fire after crash on SR3

Other drivers used fire extiguisher, tried to free him.

A 23-year-old Silverdale man survived being trapped in his car while it was reportedly on fire Wednesday. The man sustained serious injuries after his vehicle left the roadway along State Route 3 in Bremerton south of the Chico Way exit.

Emergency responders received the call shortly after 4 p.m. of a northbound Chevrolet Camaro that had left the roadway and collided head-on with a tree. Flames were reported to be coming from the vehicle while the sole occupant was trapped inside the vehicle.

According to Washington State Trooper Barndon Johanson, by the time emergency responders arrived on the scene, about a half dozen passersby were already at the scene. Some were attempting to break a window to extricate the driver, and one person had apparently used a fire extinguisher in an attempt to douse the flames — although WSP was unable to confirm if the car had indeed been on fire.

Law enforcement was successful in extricating the driver from the vehicle. The driver was breathing but unresponsive when he was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center, Johanson said. The driver was last reported to be in stable condition, he added.

Northbound traffic on State Route 3 was narrowed to one lane around the scene of the accident for about 20 minutes, Johanson said, and no other vehicles were involved in the collision. Washington State Patrol responders remained on the scene until shortly before 9 p.m.

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