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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A man is recovering after investigators say he was pulled from his burning car this afternoon.

Wilmington Police say the man was speeding on Market St. when he lost control near 20th St., hit a street sign and then crashed into a tree. They say when he hit the tree his car caught fire.

Investigators say a good Samaritan stopped to pull the man from his burning car and then drove off.

No word on the driver’s condition.

Police say charges are pending.

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  • Love

    This story is inaccurate. I was one car behind the jeep ( it was a white 4 door car), after he( driver of Jeep) hit the street sign, his jeep curved into a large tree and the white car went around. I immediately called 911 and sprang into action running towards the jeep. I was the first to approach the vehicle on the passenger side. He looked as if he was having a seizure, he was slumped towards the passenger side having convulsions. The engine was on fire, a man yelled at me is there anyone inside I said, “yes”, several people assisted this man in getting the driver out of the vehicle, while I was on the phone with 911. The fire grew rapidly as we awaited emergency responders, he had to be moved again away from the vehicle, I yelled for us to move the fire was growing more intense, there were popping sounds ( we were in fear the vehicle would explode) again the group moved him further away. He remained unconscious… Shortly after an officer arrived the driver opened his eyes, unaware of his surroundings or his injuries until he attempted to get up. Needless to say, I’m elated he did not meet his demise in what would have been a fiery death.

    It took the responders a few minutes to arrive, I’m very proud of those of us who reacted…It is only because of us he is alive. This was a very traumatic accident, I thought he was going to die… The nurse who was the first to see about his vitals while I relayed information to 911, bless you and all those who cared enough to help a stranger.

  • Guest2020

    Good job. He was fortunate to have you and the others who were there and willing to help instead of acting like it was not your concern. I am glad that he is going to be okay and I am glad that none of you got hurt while helping him.


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