Truck driver pulls drunk motorist from burning wreckage

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Truck driver pulls drunk motorist from burning wreckage

A US lorry driver has been hailed a hero after he saved a man's life by rescuing him from the burning wreckage of his car.

Alex Mitchell was travelling along a busy highway in New York State when he saw a crashed SUV catch fire in the early hours of the morning.

Acting quickly, he managed to pull over his petrol tanker and remove the stricken motorist before flames completely engulfed the vehicle.

Fire fighters arrived on the scene shortly afterwards, but would have been too late to save the man's life.
The driver, 37-year-old John Boisseau, was found to have crashed due to being under the influence of alcohol. He was taken to a nearby hospital and was later released before being charged by police.

Speaking to CBS New York, Mr Mitchell recalled the incident: "I didn't see anyone back there so I ran around the other side because my view was being blocked by a tree.

"Next thing, I went around and noticed he was basically lying under the vehicle with flames going and everything."

He went on to describe how two of the SUV's tyres exploded in the heat of the fire just seconds after he pulled Mr Boisseau clear.

The sloshed driver was thrown clear of his car in the initial crash, but somehow ended up under it as it caught fire. Police confirmed that he had suffered non-life threatening injuries.

Immediately after ensuring Mr Boisseau was in safe hands, Mr Mitchell got back in his cab and finished his shift.

Speaking to the New York Daily News, he said: "Business as usual, I still had another 12 hours."