Man saved child from burning car, police say

GALWAY – State police are crediting a Mayfield man with rescuing a 7-month-old child from a burning vehicle Monday.

Derek J. Ricciardi, 32, of Mayfield was driving west on County Route 45 in Galway behind a school bus when the bus was struck head-on by a pickup truck heading east, police said.

The truck immediately burst into flames, police said.

The truck, driven by 22-year-old Andrew J. Trosan of Milton, crossed over the center line and hit the bus operated by Casimr “Chuck” Dziegiel, 71, of Scotia, said police, who added no students were in the bus.

After the collision, Trosan’s truck caught fire, police said.

Trosan was injured from the impact and could not remove himself or his child from the truck, police said.

Ricciardi ran over to the truck and removed Trosan’s son from his car seat, police said.

Then, Dziegiel, who also was injured, dragged Trosan from the burning vehicle to safety.

The school bus’s camera recorded the two men rescuing Trosan and his child, police said.

Those involved in the collision were transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

Police did not indicate the extent of the injuries.

An investigation into the accident showed Trosan fell asleep at the wheel, causing him to drift into the other lane, police said.

He was issued a traffic ticket for failing to keep right, police said.

In a news release, police said Dziegiel and Ricciardi should be recognized for their “valiant and life-saving efforts.”

Police said the child was properly restrained in the car seat.

The Galway Fire Department and EMS responded to the collision, along with state police from the Charlton barracks, the news release said.

Casey Croucher can be reached at ccroucher@leaderherald.com.