Firefighters rescue Williamsburg man from fiery New Year’s crash

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(Courtesy JCC)
(Courtesy JCC)

First responders in James City County began the year with a harrowing rescue Sunday morning, as they pulled a 21-year-old Williamsburg man from a fiery car wreck on News Road.

According to a county news release, James City County Fire and Police Departments responded to an early morning vehicle accident on New Year’s Day.

When units arrived, they found a single vehicle had struck a tree on News Road and was on fire, with the driver trapped in the car.

While firefighters contained the fire, the driver was pulled from the vehicle and paramedics began immediate medical care, the release stated.

The 21-year-old driver, of Williamsburg, was transported via LifeEvac 3 helicopter to the Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center’s trauma and burn unit in Richmond, where he was listed as being in critical condition.

Update Jan. 2: According to Stephanie Williams, spokesperson for the James City County Police Department, the 21-year-old driver, Antonio Salvador Samayoa-Bolanos, died Sunday night from injuries sustained during the Sunday morning crash.

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