Motorists rescue man from burning Jeep after crash


Fellow motorists rescued a man from his burning vehicle after he struck a tree early Sunday morning, fire officials reported.

A man driving a Jeep Wrangler northbound on Interstate 295 near milepost 37 in Mount Laurel lost control of his vehicle, ran off the roadway and hit a tree just before 2 a.m., police said.

Mount Laurel Fire Department responders found “civilians” and a paramedic crew working to remove the man from the Jeep as flames from the engine compartment entered the passenger area.

The driver was removed and transported to Jefferson Cherry Hill Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, police said.

One of those who assisted in the rescue was also transported with minor injuries, according to the fire department’s post on Facebook.

Fire officials praised efforts of those who stopped to help.

“A special thanks goes out to those civilians who intervened, ultimately saving the driver’s life,” the department noted in its post.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

Matt Gray may be reached at mgray@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @MattGraySJT. Find the South Jersey Times on Facebook. Have a tip? Tell us: nj.com/tips.

 



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