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Border Patrol Agent Rescues Driver from Accident

Release Date: 
August 8, 2011

Tucson, AZ - A Border Patrol agent from the Casa Grande Station rescued a female driver on August 4, after her vehicle rolled on its side while traveling on Interstate 10.

The agent was headed east on I-10 when he saw a vehicle lying on its passenger side. He immediately pulled over to assist and noticed the engine idling, the fuel tank leaking, and the driver trapped inside. Acting swiftly and without regard for his safety, the agent struck the windshield with his steel baton to gain access to the trapped woman. At the same time, two uniformed military personnel stopped to assist. Using a crowbar, they removed the windshield, allowing the agent to enter the vehicle, shut off the engine, and safely extract the lone occupant.

The driver sustained minor abrasions and complained of a headache. The Arizona Department of Public Safety arrived and took control of the scene. Shortly afterward, a Marana Fire Department crew arrived and provided medical attention to the woman.

The Border Patrol is an all-threats agency with dedicated agents trained to provide assistance to anyone in distress. Fortunately, in this case, the agent was in the area and everyone was able to safely leave the scene.

Since launching the Southwest Border Initiative in March 2009, the Department of Homeland Security has made significant investments toward establishing a secure and safe border environment to improve the quality of life throughout Arizona communities.

Customs and Border Protection welcomes assistance from the community. Anyone can report suspicious activity by calling the Border Patrol at 1-877-872-7435. All calls will be answered and remain anonymous.

Last modified: 
February 3, 2021