A Papillion woman was severely burned Friday when the recreational vehicle she was driving burst into flames.
Theresa Harazin, 48, was in critical condition at the Nebraska Medical Center, a hospital spokeswoman said.
Papillion Fire Chief Bill Bowes said Harazin had second- and third-degree burns over a majority of her body.
The RV stopped on Nebraska Highway 370 near Shadow Lake Towne Center in Papillion about 2:15 p.m.
A passenger was able to escape through a side door. That man and bystanders pulled Harazin from the vehicle as the fire grew. A dog was thrown out a window.
Tom Akins, 34, said he was driving to work when he saw the RV in the opposite lane. He stopped and used a hammer to break the windshield and help pull Harazin out.
“They did an excellent job in pulling her to safety, braving flames and heavy smoke to get her out,'' Bowes said.
Firefighters had the fire under control in a matter of minutes, he added.
Harazin was driving the 1976 Pace Arrow RV, Bowes said. A gas leak caused the fire, which spread to the engine and engulfed the vehicle.
The passenger suffered smoke inhalation and was treated at the scene, Bowes said.
At the fire's height, thick black smoke billowed over the roadway, leading to a shutdown of eastbound and westbound traffic for more than two hours.
World-Herald staff writer Mary Rezac and the World-Herald News Service contributed to this report.