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On the early morning of July 26, in Pasadena, Texas, a patrol car was struck from behind by a work truck; 3 people and a deputy were injured.

The Patrol Car Fire

In Pasadena, Texas, around 2 a.m., on Tuesday, July 26, a Harris County deputy was sitting in a patrol unit on the shoulder of the northbound lane of the East Beltway. A work truck struck the back of the patrol car, and the impact caused a fire after forcing the deputy’s vehicle into a wall. 

A passing tow truck driver saw the fire and stopped to help, using a trailer hitch to break the window. The trucker and two others from the work truck grabbed the deputy by her vest and pulled her out. 

Ammunition in the patrol car started to explode due to the fire, and police officers arriving on the scene had to take cover.

The deputy was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. After ten staples in her head and three stitches on her chin, she was released from the hospital around 7 a.m.

The three people inside the work truck suffered non-life-threatening injuries, and two were taken to a nearby hospital for medical attention. 

5 Types of Burns You Can Get From an Auto Accident

It may seem obvious that you can get injured in a car fire, but there are multiple ways you can get burned after a crash. Different types of burns have different treatments, so it’s important to communicate the circumstances of your burn to medical professionals.

  • Chemical Burn Automobiles are filled with chemicals that can cause burns, including battery acid, gasoline, or the chemical compound used in airbags. 
  • Electrical Burn If you come into contact with an electrical current from a damaged wire during a car crash, you could receive an electrical burn.
  • Friction Burn This type of burn occurs when a hard surface rubs off your skin. Motorcyclists or those ejected from their car who skid across the road usually suffer friction burns.
  • Thermal Burn Thermal burns include burns from a fire, but can also come from contact with hot metal, liquid, or steam.
  • Cold Burn While less common in Texas, a burn from constant contact with freezing temperatures, like laying in snow for a long time after an accident, can cause a cold burn. 

Not only are there different types of burns, but varying degrees of burns. A first-degree burn only affects the top layer of skin, while a second-degree burn goes through the next layer. A third-degree burn injures skin and nerve endings, and a fourth-degree burn can damage all layers of skin down through the muscle, tendons, and bones.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, contact the law office of Lapeze & Johns to fight for justice.

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Source: ABC13

About Keith Lapeze

Keith Lapeze co-founded Lapeze & Johns with the focus of delivering dependable legal services to individuals hurt in accidents caused by negligence. After graduating third in his class from Louisiana State University Law Center, Mr. Lapeze continued his calling through commercial, environmental, and tort litigation where he is admitted to practice in both Texas and Louisiana, the United States Supreme Court, and the Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Read more about Keith Lapeze here.