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Henrico hero saves screaming driver from burning car, then continues on to work

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Posted at 11:27 AM, Feb 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-13 11:47:21-05

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. — A quick-acting, 65-year-old man likely saved someone’s life Saturday morning on Interstate 64 in Henrico. The man was driving on Interstate 64 west, near Interstate 295 in Short Pump, when he saw a smoking car off the side of the interstate, a Henrico Fire spokesperson wrote on Facebook. The car had just run off the road and hit a sign.

“The driver was screaming for help to get out,” according to the Henrico Fire spokesperson. “The [65-year-old man] ran to the passenger side of the car and pulled the driver of the vehicle out and away from the vehicle. Just after the driver was pulled out,  the vehicle burst into flames. After speaking with police about the accident the citizen continued on to work for the day.”

Henrico Fire crews put out the fire and treated the driver. The driver was rushed to VCU Medical Center with “significant injuries.”

Police and fire crews were called to the crash scene at about 4:13 a.m. Saturday.

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