Northport woman saved from burning car by two Good Samaritans


Quick thinking bystanders rescued a Northport woman Thursday evening from a burning car on Bread and Cheese Hollow Road in Fort Salonga, cops said.

Suffolk Police reported that Tempestt Harris-Buckner, 33, was driving a 2021 Hyundai Elantra north on Bread and Cheese Hollow Road about 5:57 p.m. when she swerved to avoid an animal just north of Pulaski Street. The
Hyundai struck a utility pole and both the pole and vehicle caught fire, trapping Harris-Buckner.

Just before the car became completely engulfed in flames, the Good Samaritans, Michael Susinno of Northport and John McPartland, who were in the area at the time of the crash, pulled Harris-Buckner from the vehicle and got her safely across the street as the vehicle became fully engulfed, police said.

A third Good Samaritan, Michel Pitre of Commack, used a belt from one of the men to create a tourniquet on the Harris-Buckner’s injured leg. The woman was taken to Stony Brook University Hospital, where she is being treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

Top photo: The intersection of Bread and Cheese Hollow Road and Pulaski Street, near where police say two Good Samaritans rescued a Northport woman from a burning car (Google Maps).

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