RUSK COUNTY Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – Early this morning, a vehicle in Ladysmith caught fire after it ran into a snowbank. A deputy patrolling the city saw an orange glow from a few blocks away. At the scene, the van was on fire and the driver was still inside, unresponsive.

The vehicle’s doors wouldn’t open because of the snow. Law enforcement officers with the Rusk County sheriff’s office and the Ladysmith police department as well as a good samaritan forced their way into the burning vehicle and pulled the woman out. 

Chief Deputy Phil Grassman said, “I’m extremely proud of them. I’m proud of all of them. I’m proud of every person that works for our department. And they do things like this all the time. Law enforcement across the country, first responders across the country do heroic acts all the time.”

The driver was taken to the hospital. The Rusk County sheriff’s office says alcohol is believed to be a factor in the crash.