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Man in burning car rescue in Leighton Buzzard praised

A passerby who risked his own life to rescue a woman trapped in a burning car in Bedfordshire has been commended by the ambulance service.

The man pulled the woman to safety when her car careered off the road, crashed and burst into flames near the Globe pub, Leighton Buzzard, on Friday night.

She was taken to hospital, where her condition is described as critical.

The East of England Ambulance Service said the man, who sustained burns to his hands, helped "without hesitation".

Two ambulance crews from Luton and a fast response car from Leighton Buzzard were alerted at 1950 BST to a car leaving Old Linslade Road, crashing into trees and catching fire.

'Ignored own safety'

Ambulance service spokesman Gary Sanderson said: "A man who was walking near the scene at the time of the collision ran to her aid.

"When he approached the car, he found the woman in a serious condition.

"Without hesitation and the dangers in front of him, he was able to pull her to a place of safety and alert the emergency services."

He added: "The man has no doubt contributed to the woman's rapid treatment.

"He totally ignored his own safety to save her."

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