Rockingham County sheriff’s deputy saves elderly woman from burning car

ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, N.C. — Rockingham County Detective Mary Jane Webb was on her way into court when she saw a head-on car crash on County Home Road.

Webb said smoke was coming from one of the cars and a 76-year-old Alice Gwynn was trapped inside.

“She had multiple lower leg injuries, probably fractures on both of her legs. She would not have been able to support herself on her own,” Detective Webb explained.

Within minutes, flames started coming from the steering wheel and Detective Webb knew she had to get the woman out quickly.

“She was in a lot of pain at that point, so trying to get her out of the vehicle and maneuver her to get her up the roadway was difficult,” she explained. “I feel like several more minutes in that car would’ve been well engulfed in flames.”

Detective Webb said she had to over come her own fear in order to help Gwynn.

“Fire is one of those things that I’d always been fearful of and never really had done a lot with. So, to be able to get in there and overcome a fear makes an excellent day,” she explained.

At last check, Alice Gwynn she was in stable condition at Moses Cone Hospital.

Detective Webb said she plans to meet with Gwynn later this week.

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