UPDATED: Rescuers pull man from burning car after Boise wreck

kterhune@idahostatesman.comJuly 26, 2013 

A car caught fire after it collided with a Jeep in southeast Boise Thursday night. Onlookers pulled the driver of the burning vehicle to safety.

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— When a sedan caught fire after a Thursday night collision in Boise, onlookers sprang into action to help the driver trapped inside.

Corey DuPont lives near the Amity Road and Surprise Way intersection in southeast Boise where the sedan collided with a Jeep at about 9:40 p.m. Thursday. He said he heard the crash and squealing tires and went to see what had happened.

“When I showed up, the sedan was on fire already,” he said. “One gentleman was trying to pull the driver from the driver’s seat.”

DuPont said he tended to a young man who had been a passenger in the sedan as others pulled the driver free.

The car fire began in the engine compartment and spread to engulf the entire vehicle, he said.

DuPont said he did not know the names of the three men who pulled the driver from the burning car, but said they deserved praise for risking their own safety to help a stranger.

The rescuers were able to get the man out before police got to the scene.

“They had gotten him out, and good thing, because that car was fully engulfed in flames before the fire department showed up,” he said.

Boise Police Department spokesman Charles McClure said the vehicles struck each other head-on. A crash reconstruction team is still investigating to find out exactly how the wreck happened. No citations have been issued.

The driver of the burning car and his passenger were taken by ambulance to a local hospital, McClure said. The woman who was driving the Jeep was also taken to the hospital with what appeared to be minor injuries.

None of the injuries appeared to be life threatening, McClure said.

Check back with the Statesman for updates on this story. If you witnessed the crash or have any additional information, including photos, call reporter Katie Terhune at 377-6219 or email kterhune@idahostatesman.com.


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