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Locals pull three from burning car wreck

The Local · 19 May 2012, 15:03

Published: 19 May 2012 15:03 GMT+02:00

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The 18-year-old woman and two men aged 20 and 21, were driving near Coesfeld in the Münster region in the early hours of Saturday when they crashed – and their car burst into flames.

According to Saturday's Die Welt newspaper, several people living nearby heard the smash, raced to the scene and pulled the young people from the car, which had rolled onto its side.

At least two of the helpers inhaled so much toxic smoke they were taken to hospital along with the three people from the car. One of the young men was seriously injured in the crash.

Three other people died in their car on Thursday when it also caught fire following a crash near Petersberg, Hesse. The only survivor was a 14-year-old boy.

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17:50 May 19, 2012 by danceswithgoats
Good for them! Every country needs brave men and women to step up when the chips are down (enough metaphors for you?).
20:51 May 19, 2012 by lucksi
Waitwaitwait, are you telling me that all the people actually helped instead of whipping out their cell phones and making a shaky wrong-side-up video of people toasting to death? The hell you say?

Some faith in humanity restored; though the helpers were probably old.
14:27 May 20, 2012 by Englishted
You would hope people would do it automatically ,but thank goodness they did it and as @lucksi rightly wrote didn't do it for u-tube fame.
18:36 May 20, 2012 by andywindy
I am sorry to read that One of the occupants was seriously injured, and hope the rescuers recover soon from their sustained injuries (smoke inhallation is nasty), I do hope that publicity for cases such as this, i.e. 'Don't think too long just try and save life' will encourage more to automatically follow suit if required,. I came across the aftermath of an accident back in the 70s, and the witnesses were all stood round and complaining that the Fire Brigade, Police and Ambulance should have been there by then, as the collision had occured some 10 minutes before. No one had tried to help as that's what they paid there taxes for! I called my base on the company radio to try and get an eta, and was told that no-one had dialled 999, not even from the phone box 200 Yards up the same dual carriageway. Ahh the good old days!
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