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Customs officers save truck driver from burning rig

FORT ERIE, Ont. -- Two Canadian Customs officers sprung into action yesterday and saved the life of a truck driver ...


FORT ERIE, Ont. — Two Canadian Customs officers sprung into action yesterday and saved the life of a truck driver whose rig rolled over and caught fire on the approach to the Peace Bridge.

“There were flames galore they illuminated the whole bridge,” Harry Rosettani, a witness told the Toronto Star. Police report the driver was travelling too fast as he approached the bridge. He spilled a load of carrots before the truck burst into flames.

A Customs offer used a pole he found nearby to help save the driver, who was trapped in the cab of the burning truck. He was assisted by a second Canadian border guard.

“Within five minutes, everything was over arriving at the scene and getting him out of harm’s way (before) the whole thing was engulfed,” Canadian Border Services Agency spokesman John Eldridge was quoted as saying in the Toronto Star.

– With files from the Toronto Star


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