Man Rescues Passenger From Burning Car After Crash

May 18, 2013 Updated May 18, 2013 at 11:02 PM EDT

By Mitch Simon

May 18, 2013 Updated May 18, 2013 at 11:02 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y (WKBW) - A man rescued the passenger of a vehicle while it was on fire Saturday afternoon.

The fiery collision happened underneath a railroad bridge near the corner of Clinton Street and Lord Street around 3 p.m.

Investigators say two vehicles side-swiped each other when one attempted to pass the other while both vehicles were traveling west on Clinton. One vehicle went airborne and then struck a bridge abutment before starting on fire. That's when Bob Ziolkowski took action to free the victim.

"Just started grabbing the side of it, pulling on it trying to get him out," said Ziolkowski. "Another came around, helped me pull him out. I saw a bone sticking out of his arm and he was just bleeding, and in and out of consciousness, so I just did what I could to get him out."

Buffalo firefighters were summoned to the scene to put out the fire.
Two males in the vehicle that started on fire were transported to ECMC with serious injuries. At least three individuals were in the other vehicle. They were transported to Buffalo General with apparent non life threatening injuries.

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