Akron: Two Good Samaritans save man from exploding car

9:42 AM, Mar 21, 2013   |    comments
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AKRON, Ohio -- Two men saved a driver's life early Thursday morning when they pulled him from his burning car moments before it exploded, police said.

The crash was first reported at about 2:45 a.m. on U.S. 224 west, just past South Main Street, when an SUV hit a guardrail, rolled down a hill and struck a tree, catching it on fire.

Two men driving by the area noticed the fire, pulled over and started trying to rescue the man.

One of the men, Chris Ford, started kicking out the windshield. His friend, John Duckworth, used a baseball bat to break the windows.

The men pulled the driver from the fire and started helping him up the hill as police arrived. As officers pulled up to the scene, the car exploded.

Police say the driver would not have survived if it wasn't for those two men.

The driver was taken to Akron General Hospital. His condition was not released.

Johnny's Auto & Truck Towing, Inc. removed the burned out car from the scene.

Police and fire officials are investigating.


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