An Amtrak detective and New York State Police troopers rescued an elderly couple and their pet from a burning motor home Thursday afternoon, law enforcement officials said.
The motorhome caught fire on a highway just outside Catskill in upstate New York shortly before 3 p.m., New York State Police said in a news release.
Raymond J. Hance, 82, and Patricia A. Grabley, 81, were trapped inside a 2005 Allegro RV, which was towing a Jeep, when it experienced “mechanical failure” and caught fire, police said.
Off-duty Amtrak Detective Scott D. Bisglio was driving southbound when he saw the motor home engulfed in flames, News 12 Hudson Valley Reported. Amtrak confirmed to CBS News that it pulled over and tried to help the trapped couple.
According to News 12, a trooper who also arrived at the scene smashed the windows of the RV with a baton and pulled the elderly couple, and their pets — including a cat — to safety.
Catskill Fire Company said It sent two fire engines – a rescue tanker – to put out the fire on the “tour bus type RV”.
According to state police, Hanas and Grabley were evaluated at the scene for minor injuries and smoke inhalation, but both declined further medical treatment.
“The quick actions of state troopers undoubtedly saved this family’s life, prevented a tragic end, and allowed them to celebrate the coming New Year,” state police said.