HANOVER TOWNSHIP, Ohio -- An undercover Butler County Sheriff's deputy rescued two women from a burning vehicle Sunday morning.
The agent with the Butler County Regional Narcotics Taskforce (BURN) responded to reports of a vehicle crashing into a pole and bursting into flames in front of 1590 Hamilton Richmond Road around 5 a.m., according to a news release.
The deputy was the first on the scene and found a 2007 Volkswagon occupied by two females who were both unconscious. The deputy pulled both women from the rear as the fire entered the passenger area.
The driver, 23-year-old Elyse Wieneke and passenger 20-year-old Hannah Mincher were transported to Fort Hamilton Hospital with minor visible injuries.
“It is a great day when we can save lives. These young ladies are very lucky to be here. I am proud of the deputy’s quick actions on getting them out safely," Sheriff Richard K. Jones said in a statement. "He risked his life to save theirs and it ended with everyone alive."
The preliminary investigation shows that the women were travelling southbound on S.R. 177 and veered off the roadway, striking a utility pole and flipped on its top and caught fire.
It is unknown if speed or alcohol are factors until the investigation is completed.
The identity of the deputy involved will not be released due to being part of the Butler County Undercover Regional Narcotics Taskforce.