SANFORD, Fla. — An Orlando Fire lieutenant is credited with saving a Seminole County deputy seconds before his cruiser burst into flames Saturday morning.
Deputies said that SCSO deputy Matthew Luxon suffered a medical emergency which they believe caused him to crash into a concrete pillar.
According to a tweet from the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office, Luxon underwent successful surgeries and is currently in stable condition.
Deputies said Luxon has a long recovery ahead of him and expressed their gratitude for Lt. Benjamin Wootson’s quick thinking and action.
Investigators said Luxon crashed his patrol car into an overpass bridge around 10:30 a.m. near Orange Boulevard and Wayside Drive in Sanford.
The Orlando Fire Department said a lieutenant was driving his son to a soccer game when he saw the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office deputy crash into the bridge.
Florida Highway Patrol said that at some point, the deputy’s vehicle crossed over the center line onto the southbound paved shoulder.
According to a news release, the car ignited and caught on fire after the SUV struck a bridge support.
The Seminole County Sheriff’s Office confirmed the deputy was not on his way to a call or responding to anything when he crashed.
Orlando Firefighter Lt. Wootson, who was off-duty, stopped his personal vehicle and pulled the deputy out of his patrol car.
Investigators said Orange Boulevard was shut down for several hours while they processed the scene.
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