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'Selfless heroes' pull two people 'on fire' from car

M1 vehicle fire Image copyright BCH Road Policing
Image caption A car and a lorry collided on the M1 and caught fire

Two people have been rescued from a burning car by members of the public who potentially saved their lives.

A Peugeot and a lorry caught fire after colliding on the M1 northbound between junctions 6A and seven near Hemel Hempstead on Wednesday.

Two witnesses stopped and pulled the occupants, "who were on fire", out of their burning car, police said.

In a tweet, officers said the "heroic and selfless action" of the people who stopped had "undoubtedly saved lives".

Hertfordshire Police said the two occupants were rescued before officers arrived. No-one else was trapped.

Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue service sent five fire crews and said both the lorry and the car were "well alight" when they attended at 15:52 BST.

East of England Ambulance Service said one person was taken to an urgent care centre and four or five other people were treated for less serious injuries.

Image copyright Kerrie Stewart
Image caption Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue service said both the lorry and the car were well alight when crews arrived

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