Woman Dies After Being Pulled From Burning Car In Branford

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The scene of an accident early Sunday in Branford. (Courtesy of Branford Fire Department)

BRANFORD — A woman who was rescued from a burning car after a weekend crash has died, police said Monday.

Megan Mcauliffe, 28, of Branford died at Yale-New Haven Hospital after police pulled her from the wrecked vehicle, police said. The driver, Vincent Mauro, 31, also of Branford, was injured.

Police said Mauro had been driving south on Brushy Plains Road when he lost control. The vehicle went off the right side of the road and struck a large tree, they said.

Officer Matthew Clerkin arrived and found Mcauliffe trapped in the passenger seat of the heavily-damaged vehicle, which was beginning to burn, police said.

Officer Bryan McGinnis arrived a short time later, and both officers were able to free Mcauliffe from the burning wreckage and drag her to safety, Sgt. Jeffery Beno said

Mauro was outside the car, police said. No charges had been filed as of Monday morning.

The crash remains under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call Officer Melissa Carney at 203-481-4241.

By Nicholas Rondinone and Christine Dempsey, Hartford Courant

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