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Officers Pull Victim from Fiery Crash Scene

Titusville Police arrived to a fiery single vehicle traffic crash and pulled the victim away from the scene as the vehicle exploded and became completely engulfed in flames.
 
At approximately 9:00 PM on Thursday February 9th 2017, officers responded to the report of a vehicle crash near the 6700 block of Riveredge Drive.
 
The preliminary investigation revealed that Phillip Thistle, 44, of New Jersey, was traveling northbound on Washington Avenue and veered onto Riveredge Drive traveling at a high rate of speed. He crashed a rental Toyota RAV 4 into a concrete barrier at the north end of Riveredge Drive.
 
The vehicle rolled several times. Thistle, the only occupant, pulled himself out of the wreckage and collapsed just feet from the burning vehicle. Officers quickly located Thistle and pulled him to safety as the vehicle exploded.
 
Thistle was ground transported to a local hospital then airlifted with serious injuries.
 
This is an ongoing active traffic crash investigation being conducted by the Titusville Police Department.
  
 
 



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