- Associated Press - Monday, October 25, 2010

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Pitt basketball coach Jamie Dixon initially feared there were no survivors when he hastily stopped his car to pull a woman through a broken windshield of a sport utility vehicle that crashed in front of him.

Dixon, the first motorist to pull over after the wreck occurred Saturday night on Interstate 279 north of Pittsburgh, initially heard no sounds from inside the vehicle. He also smelled smoke that was caused by the air bags deploying.

“My initial thought was that nobody was going to survive,” Dixon said Monday.

Dixon received minor cuts on his hands as he helped Diane Robinson, 48, of Zelienople, Pa., escape by prying back the windshield. Once she was out, Dixon remained with another female passenger until emergency workers arrived and removed her from the vehicle.

According to state police, the driver fled the scene.

Dixon wasn’t the only motorist to stop and lend assistance, but he was the first one on the scene after the SUV swerved from the left lane to the right, crossed two lanes of traffic, and struck a concrete barrier before rolling onto its side.

Police, fire and medical workers arrived within minutes, apparently after another woman stopped and called 911.

“You just knew there were going to be some injuries,” Dixon said. “I’m just glad that everybody seems to be all right and there were no deaths.”

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