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Telford burning car rescue prompts police praise

Two police officers from Shrewsbury have been nominated for an ambulance service award after dragging an injured man from a burning car.

The WMAS (West Midlands Ambulance Service) Chief Officer's Commendation is given to about five police officers each year.

It honours exceptional contributions to the service.

The officers freed a man from a burning car and dragged him to safety before the wreckage was engulfed in flames.

The white Renault Clio car collided with a cluster of trees on the A442 Queensway in Hadley, Telford, in the early hours of Saturday.

Ambulance crews have spoken of their "appreciation and respect" for the officers, adding they were "very brave in such a dangerous situation".

The man, in his early 20s, was a passenger in the car and was seriously injured. He is in a critical condition at University Hospital North Staffordshire.

The driver and a second passenger suffered minor injuries and were taken to hospital as a precaution.

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