HAZEL CREST, Ill. -- Two Cook County Sheriff's police officers pulled a man from a burning car early this morning. The accident happened just before 2 a.m.
Joe Richmond, 18, said he swerved to avoid hitting a coyote on eastbound I-80, just after the I-57 bridge. This caused him to crash through a guardrail into a wooded area. The vehicle caught fire and Richmond said said the crash knocked him unconscious for about 30 seconds.
The two officers happened to be in the area and they were able to respond immediately. Moments later, Richmond saw the officers heading to his car to check on him. They were able to pull him safely from his vehicle.
Richmond said about ten seconds after the officers rescued him, his car burst into flames.
He was taken to Advocate South Suburban Hospital with minor injuries and is grateful to be alive.