Two local firefighters and a neighbor saved the life of a man involved in an incident in Wachapreague Monday. Thomas Casher of Wachapreague was operating a pickup when he lost control, clipped a light pole and ran into a mobile home on Church Street owned by Tom Colonna. The truck’s engine caught fire upon impact and Casher was trapped as flames moved toward the cab. Wallops firefighter and nearby Wachapreague resident Paul Parks and David Bright were first on the scene and attempted to free the Casher from the wrecked vehicle. Parks was unable to get the door open and they had to try to remove Casher through the window. Sean Fate of the Wachapreague Vol. Fire Company arrived and together they were able to get the victim out of the cab just as the flames enveloped the pickup.
Colonna was in the mobile home at the time but was able to get out. Casher was transported to Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital with non life-threatening injuries.
Casher was cited for reckless driving. State Police said alcohol was not a factor in the crash, but it was not known if drugs were.
The accident remains under investigation.