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Tex. Paramedics Driving by Crash Rescue Victims from Burning Car

The Dallas Morning News

Paramedics in Fort Worth rescued two people Wednesday night after a crash left their car burning and the victims unconscious inside.

The victims' sedan had collided with another vehicle and was engulfed in flames about 9:30 p.m. when Miguel Brito and Ryan Bader happened to be driving past the Interstate 35W interchange with Interstate 20 in South Fort Worth, officials said.

Seeing two adults inside the burning car, the two crew members with MedStar Mobile Healthcare grabbed a fire extinguisher from their ambulance and suppressed the flames enough to begin the rescue.

"If it was not for the MedStar crew's valiant efforts, the patients on [sic] would not have been given a chance to survive and would have likely burned alive in the car," MedStar spokesman Matt Zavadsky said in an email.

The pair observed two unconscious adults and quickly began to remove one from the car, Zavadsky said. They noticed that one vehicle was leaking fluids.

The paramedics dragged the first person out and away from the scene, leaving him next to the ambulance. The second adult was pinned under the car's dash. One medic suffered minor cuts and a back injury while getting that victim out of the vehicle, all without any extrication tools.

The pair called for backup and began giving "lifesaving care" to both adults, Zavadsky said.

The two victims were rushed to a trauma center in critical condition, and a third patient was also hospitalized with minor injuries.

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