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2011-09-14 10:43
Utah, USA - US authorities are praising the heroic actions of bystanders who pulled a trapped rider from under a burning vehicle in Logan, Utah.

According to The Herald Journal, a motorcyclist travelling along Highway 89 near Utah State University collided with a BMW as the driver was leaving a parking lot. The collision caused the motorcycle to erupt into flames and the rider, Brandon Wright, was trapped beneath the smashed sedan.

The driver of the BMW did not appear to suffer any significant injuries and was seen speaking with emergency officials.

Students, construction workers and bystanders who witnessed the crash rushed over to assist.

The group managed to lift the passenger side of the vehicle, which allowed the trapped rider to be pulled to safety.

"We lifted the side of the car up, and some other guys pulled him from underneath," said Ben Wilson, a construction worker at the university.

"They're rescuers," said assistant police chief Curtis. "They did a great job getting him out and getting him the help he needed. I'm impressed that that many people would get involved and risk their own safety"


Wright was taken to hospital where he was treated for broken bones, cuts and burns.

Following his surgery, Wright told Associated Press that he was grateful to everyone involved in the ordeal.

"I’m just very thankful for everyone that helped me out. They saved my life," said Wright.

Assistant fire chief Brady Hansen said bystanders also helped to extinguish the car blaze after construction crews grabbed fire extinguishers from nearby buildings.

A video of the incident shows Wright, who appears unconscious, being pulled from beneath the car.

Check out the clip below:


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