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Truck Driver, Trooper Rescue Man, Dog From Burning Vehicle


Truck Driver, Trooper Rescue Man, Dog From Burning VehicleOver the weekend, a Virginia State Trooper and a truck driver worked together to pull a man and his dog from the man’s burning vehicle.

According to Inside Nova, the incident occurred in the southbound lanes of Interstate 95, by a weigh station near Dale City, when a man driving a Toyota Tacoma entered the bypass ramp, went off  the road and onto the shoulder and slammed into a utility pole.

The truck erupted into flames.

Trooper C.A. LanFranchi, Jr., who was stationed at the northbound weigh station, saw the smoke and rushed though the underground tunnel that connects the two weigh stations and ran to the burning vehicle.

Truck driver Tommy Nash also saw the fire and ran to help.

The two men worked together to pull the driver and his dog from the blazing vehicle.

“Smoke had already begun to form in the passenger compartment and the driver was unconscious,” state police spokeswoman Deborah Cox said in an email to Inside Nova.

The pickup truck driver, Dennis Berry, 61, sustained “life-threateining injuries” and was flown to the hospital. There is no word on the condition of the man’s dog or what caused the accident.

The trooper and truck driver were not injured.



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