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Aug 17, 2012 12:11 AM by Kate Richards

Motorists pull over to help women escape burning car

HANCOCK COUNTY, Miss. (AP) - Passing motorists who saw smoke billowing from a stand of pine trees along Interstate 10 in southern Mississippi rescued a woman and her disabled sister trapped inside a wrecked, burning sport utility vehicle.

Fifteen to 20 motorists, including a photographer for The Associated Press, helped save the women Thursday afternoon in Hancock County.

Photographer Gerald Herbert said the rescuers pulled the disabled woman from the wreck first, but getting the driver out was difficult.

As flames spread in the SUV and the driver screamed in panic, Herbert and others flagged down motorists in a desperate search of fire extinguishers.

Using extinguishers provided by passing truckers, the rescuers were able to control the fire as they worked to get the woman out of the SUV.

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