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Police: L.I. Man Rescued By Good Samaritan Just Before Car Bursts Into Flames

Driver Crashed SUV Into Tree On LIE Around 2 A.M.
A sports utility vehicle that became fully engulfed in flames after a crash on the Long Island Expressway. (credit: CBS 2)

A sports utility vehicle that became fully engulfed in flames after a crash on the Long Island Expressway. (credit: CBS 2)

BRENTWOOD, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – A truck driver is being hailed a hero for pulling a man from under a vehicle just before it burst into flames.

John Boisseau, 37, of Sound Beach was driving a 2005 Chevrolet Trailblazer eastbound on the Long Island Expressway when he lost control of the vehicle, veered off the road and struck a tree near exit 55 in Brentwood around 2 a.m. Friday, police said.

Boisseau was ejected from the vehicle and landed beneath it.

Trucker Alex Mitchell, 37, of Ozone Park saw the crash and pulled over to help.

“I didn’t see him at first,” Mitchell said. “I started screaming out, ‘Hello! Hello!’ I didn’t see anyone back there so I ran around the other side because my view was being blocked by a tree. Next thing, I went around and noticed he was basically lying under the vehicle with flames going and everything.”

Mitchell pulled Boisseau away from the vehicle just before it became fully engulfed in flames.

Mitchelle was not injured.

Boisseau was taken to Southside Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. Police said he has been charged with driving while intoxicated.

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