Eunice man pulled from burning vehicle

The following is a press release from State Police:

Acadia Parish- Today, a Louisiana State Trooper and an Acadia Parish Sheriff's Deputy removed a Eunice man from a vehicle moments before it was engulfed in flames on Interstate 10.

Trooper Trent Hanks responded to a single vehicle crash on the eastbound side of Interstate 10 near milepost 74.  When Trooper Hanks arrived at the crash, he and Deputy Mike Boddye with the Acadia Parish Sheriff's Office approached a 2011 Hyundai which had crashed into several trees south of the interstate.  Trooper Hanks and Deputy Boddye noticed the driver, 25-year-old Hunter Cartwright of Eunice, LA, behind the wheel of the vehicle was incoherent.  In attempt to render aid, to Cartwright Trooper Hanks broke the windows of the vehicle, and he and Deputy Boddye began to remove the man from the vehicle.  As they were attempting to remove him from the vehicle it caught fire.  Trooper Hanks and Deputy Boddye were able to rescue the man just before it was fully engulfed in flames.

"Serving as a law enforcement officers provide individuals the opportunity to do extraordinary things," said Colonel Mike Edmonson, State Police Superintendent.  "I want to commend TFC Hanks and Deputy Boddye on their heroic actions on this Holiday weekend.  They exemplify what it means to be a public servant."

"Had it not been for the heroic actions of these men, this could have been a tragic Christmas Eve for one family," said Captain Becket Breaux, Commander Troop I.  "During this time of year, it is important for us to realize that we can not do this job without the support of our local law enforcement partners and the tireless efforts of all emergency services personnel."

The man was transported to a local area hospital with moderate injuries.  The cause of the crash remains under investigation.