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Good samaritans help with roadside rescue

11:44 PM, Nov 12, 2012   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- For two young First Coast men, a normal drive home turned into a roadside rescue.

"Oh my gosh, there's smoke! And I'm like 'the car's on fire, we have to get him out,'" said Rodney Robinson.

"Instincts took over, and we ran to the burning car, and we saw the guy trapped inside," said Justin Loeding.

Roommates Loeding and Robinson didn't hesitate when they saw the car in front of them slam in to a tree and burst in to flames.

They were driving home from work at 10:30 p.m. Sunday night when they saw the crash.

Someone behind them called 911 as they wrestled the unconscious driver out of the car.

"We just took him out of the car and dragged him out of the car before the flames could get to him," said Loeding.

"We were dragging him. I knew we had to get him far away from the car just in case it  was going to blow up," said Robinson.

The two tried not to move the man as they waited for police to arrive, and both are just glad he made it out alive.

"He wasn't really talking at all, he was kinda unconscious, and the ambulance came and took him away," said Loeding.

Because of the Veteran's Day holiday, the crash report was not yet available to the media, but both men say they're thinking of the victim in the crash, and hope he's OK.

First Coast News

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