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Caught on video: Alaska cop & citizens rock burning SUV to free trapped man


An Anchorage police officer and a group of bystanders rescued a man trapped in a burning car that rolled over Sunday in East Anchorage, the department says.

Police were notified of a single vehicle rollover on Middlerock Road at around 4 p.m.

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“The vehicle was lying on its right side down an embankment and the engine was on fire,” police wrote in a statement. “The sole occupant, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was inside on the passenger side with his arm stuck under the vehicle.”

Police say Officer Veenstra was first to arrive at the scene and discovered that a witness had already broken out the vehicle’s sunroof to allow the man trapped inside to breath. Veenstra and the witness were soon joined by two other bystanders.

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