Emergency room doctor saves woman from burning SUV

Published: Dec. 31, 2016 at 7:43 PM EST
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(12/31/16) - An emergency room doctor headed home after a long day of work, runs right into some overtime.

Dr. John Ditchman spends his work days at McLaren Lapeer Region.

On his way home early Saturday morning, Dr. Ditchman watched helplessly as a 2006 Chevrolet Impala in front of him hit a 2003 Dodge Durango head-on.

The Oakland County Sheriff's Office tells ABC12 the accident happened on M-24 near W. Oakwood Road in northern Oakland County.

Dr. Ditchman and another man stopped to help.

They pulled a woman in the Durango to safety, just in time.

"I lifted up the door and we got a knife and cut the seat belt and since the fire started coming in it was burning her legs so we grabbed her legs first and bent her over the door frame and pulled her out that way and then jumped down and carried her out," Dr. Ditchman said.

Sunday evening the sheriff's office sent out an update about the accident.

They tell us the 19-year-old Oxford Township woman in the Durango was originally taken to McLaren in Lapeer, but was later airlifted to Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak. She's in critical condition.

The 28-year-old Sandusky woman driving the Impala is in serious condition at Beaumont.

The Sandusky woman had her two children in the car.

Her seven-year-old son is in critical condition at Beaumont, while her five-year-old daughter is at Beaumont in stable condition.

The children were in booster seats.

Sheriff deputies believe the driver of the Impala had been drinking.

ABC12 was made aware of Dr. Ditchman's actions after Oxford Fire Fighters Union IAFF L4763 started searching for him on Facebook, hoping to thank him.

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