Capitol Police Rescued Baby From Third Street Tunnel

Baby accidentally locked in car

Tuesday, May 22, 2012  |  Updated 11:17 PM EDT
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As the Third Street Tunnel was evacuated due to a bus fire Monday morning, a baby became locked inside a vehicle, but U.S. Capitol Police were there to help. News4's Darcy Spencer reports.

Darcy Spencer

As the Third Street Tunnel was evacuated due to a bus fire Monday morning, a baby became locked inside a vehicle, but U.S. Capitol Police were there to help. News4's Darcy Spencer reports.

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As the Third Street Tunnel was evacuated due to a bus fire Monday morning, a baby became locked inside a vehicle, but U.S. Capitol Police were there to help.

Capitol Police officers were nearby when the call went out for an explosion in the tunnel. A military-owned school bus being towed caught fire because of an apparent mechanical failure.

Initially, authorities turned motorists around inside the tunnel so they could drive out the other direction, but once drivers toward the back started abandoning their cars and taking their keys with them as they avoided the smoke, everyone left inside had to leave their vehicles behind.

That included a mother who accidentally locked her baby and her keys inside her vehicle.

An officer managed to bust out a window to get the child and return it to the mother.

That officer and two others received treatment for smoke inhalation at area hospitals.

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