Woman trapped in burning car

TOWN OF SANGERFIELD — A sanitation worker became a hero early Monday morning when he used a fire extinguisher to douse a car fire, then tried to help a woman trapped in the vehicle.

A mother and son were hospitalized after the crash.

Sheriff’s deputies said Ryan Marriott, 21, of Avery Road, North Brookfield, was eastbound on Route 20 at about 6:30 a.m. when his car crashed into the back of a Wheelock Sanitation Truck. The garbage truck was parked on the south shoulder with its yellow hazard lights blinking, while the sanitation workers were picking up the local trash.

Marriott’s vehicle was heavily damaged after hitting the truck, but it continued traveling northeast and into the path of an oncoming vehicle driven by Robert Ritter, 35, of Stinebrickner Road, West Leyden, authorities said. Ritter’s vehicle crashed into the side of Marriott’s, causing Marriott’s vehicle to suddenly catch on fire.

Marriott’s passenger, Rebecca Marriott, was partially trapped inside the burning vehicle, authorities stated.

That’s when sanitation worker Michael Guyer grabbed a fire extinguisher and ran to the burning car, deputies said. He put out the fire and then tried to attend to Marriott’s injuries before the Waterville Fire Department arrived to take over.

It took 20 minutes of cutting with hydraulic tools before the volunteers were able to safely free Marriott from the vehicle. Rebecca Marriott suffered chest, pelvis, face and leg injuries, and she was taken to University Hospital in Syracuse for treatment. Medical officials said she is in fair condition this morning. Ryan Marriott was treated for head, chest and arm pain at St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Utica.

Deputies said Ryan Marriott was ticketed for unsafe operation when approaching an authorized hazard vehicle.