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GLOUCESTER TOWNSHIP, N.J. (CBS) – Two New Jersey State troopers quickly jumped into action to save a man’s life after they found him unconscious inside a burning car.
Troopers Thomas O’Connor and Christopher Warwick were called to the scene of a possible crash on Route 42 on Sunday night.
“It didn’t come out as a fire it didn’t come out as a car off the road into a guardrail. It came out as very generic,” said Warwick.
“You don’t really know what to expect but you weren’t expecting something as horrific as a car being on fire and someone inside of it,” O’Connor said.
That’s where they found a burning car that had crashed into a guardrail. They say the driver was unconscious and still had his foot on the accelerator.
“It wasn’t until you got closer to the car you noticed that there’s someone unconscious in the driver’s seat,” O’Connor said.
The two troopers were able to rescue the driver seconds before the car became fully engulfed in flames. Once out the car, the driver regained consciousness and was not injured.
These troopers feel this video helps to show the kind of realities that emergency responders face on the job.
“Any other trooper or law enforcement officer would have done the same thing,” O’Connor said.
According to the troopers, the driver told them he had been working long hours and likely fell asleep. They believe a medical emergency may have been involved as well.