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Two bystanders help rescue man from fiery car crash

Update Saturday 7 p.m.
The Oak Ridge Police Department said two bystanders risked their lives to help pull a man out of a fiery wreck to safety.

Police said a van went off the road on Oak Ridge Turnpike and hit an above ground natural gas pipeline around 1:45 p.m. Saturday.

The crash then sparked a gas line fire.

Animal Control Officer Sara Walter was working a nearby event at the time of the crash. Police said she, along with a bystander named Danny Mealer, ran over to help.

The two broke the driver's window, pulled him from the van and rendered first aid.

The driver was identified as Thomas Debusk, 43, of Knoxville. He was taken to UT Medical Center. His condition has yet to be released as of late Saturday night.

Two Oak Ridge Police Officers were also hurt while responding. They were treated and released from the hospital.

Part of Oak Ridge Turnpike near California Avenue was shut down for about an hour after the incident.

Original story

(WBIR) A wreck involving a van that crashed into a natural gas line shut down part of Oak Ridge Turnpike Saturday afternoon. The incident happened near Oak Ridge Turnpike and California Avenue.

Police officials on the scene said the vehicle went off the road and into the ditch where it hit the gas line. There was a fire, but the Oak Ridge Fire Department put it out.

The driver was taken by ambulance to UT Medical Center.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.


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