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An off-duty Alachua County Sheriff's deputy helped put out a vehicle fire and rescue a seriously injured woman after three cars collided by the Bronson Speedway on State Road 24 on Tuesday, Aug. 19, shortly before 3 p.m.
All three motorists involved in the wreck were taken to UFHealth Shands Hospital for treatment — two with minor injuries and the third with serious injuries, according to the Florida Highway Patrol report by Trooper M. Corrao.
Kyle Androski, 33, of Bronson, was stopped in the northbound lane, waiting to turn into a gas station parking lot across from the Speedway when the 2006 Mitsubishi she was driving was struck from behind by a 2011 Chevrolet operated by Barbara Zeneski, 31, of Williston.
The Androski's car was pushed into the southbound lane where it had a second collision with a 1999 Mercedes SUV operated by Summerlynn Manning, 22, of Gainesville. The Mercedes rolled onto its side and caught fire.
The Alachua deputy, who stopped at the gas station on his way home, retrieved a fire extinguisher, put out the Mercedes fire, cut the driver's seatbelt and helped her escape through the sun roof.
Androski suffered the serious injuries, while Manning and Zeneski, whose car ended up on the side of the road in a fence, had minor injuries.
All three were wearing seatbelts.
The investigation is ongoing and charges are pending.
The Levy County Sheriff’s Office, Levy County Department of Public Safety Medic 4, Medic 5, and Battalion 1, and Bronson Fire Department responded to the accident.