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‘Dude, you’re on fire, come on!’: Dash cam captures dramatic rescue in Texas

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Posted at 7:55 PM, Feb 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-26 21:55:45-05

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Dash camera video captured in Texas shows a police officer smashing out the window of a crashed SUV before bystanders rush forward to help him carry the victim from the wreckage before the car became engulfed in flames.

According to the Corpus Christi Police Department, an officer saw the Chevy Suburban traveling west on a freeway at high speeds before it failed to negotiate a turn to travel southbound and hit a wall, where it “began to catch fire.”

The officer rushes to the car, and in the footage released by police he can be seen smashing a window before opening the door to urge the driver to exit.

“Come on man, get out of the car,” he can be heard saying in the video. “Hey, your truck’s on fire, get out! Come on, crawl out the passenger side buddy, your car is on fire. Look at your hands. Dude, you’re on fire, come on. Come on man, come this way.”

The officer’s efforts to get the man to climb to safety seem to go unheeded.

“No, no, no, come to me, go out the passenger side,” the officer says.

But a short time later, several bystanders come forward and the group is able to drag the man away from the SUV.

Police stated the officer and bystanders, “pulled the 29 year old man to safety before the fire fully engulfed the vehicle.”