A car caught far after flipping over and landing in the... A car caught far after flipping over and landing in the middle of Interstate 90 north of Madison, Wisconsin. (Courtesy: WMTV).
WMTV - NBC15 Madison, Wisconsin:

Two people might have perished in a fiery car accident, had an experienced group of rescuers not happened upon the scene of the crash along Interstate 90 in Wisconsin at precisely the right time.

An off-duty state trooper decided to leave a hunting trip to the northern part of the state two hours early. He helped smash windows and a windshield in the inverted car burning on the median and pull the two victims to safety. Their names have not been released.

Just after the trooper, Phil Witkewicz, had pulled them to safety, two firefighters returning from a conference stopped at the scene. Knowing trucks carried fire extinguishers, they flagged down semis and used the extinguishers to halt the car's flames and a brush fire on the media, according to WMTV reports. At the same time, a nurse stopped and helped Witkewicz administer aid to the victims until an ambulance arrived.

The accident occurred Sunday along a stretch of interstate between New Lisbon and Mauston.

"You put a bunch of strangers together from pretty much everywhere in the state ... just coming together going, 'Hey, we need to help these people,'" Collin Carriere, one of the firefighters, told the television station. "Knowing that the car was on fire and the fuel source was on the median, the dry grass and stuff, it could have been a lot worse."



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      lawoff414
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's in their nature or they wouldn't have the jobs they do. Well done to all.
        chandlerrcsc
        • 2 Years Ago
        @lawoff414
        Maybe somone will drop a note to Scott Walker about their "pensions"?
      • 2 Years Ago
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      • 2 Years Ago
      So why weren't the firefighters carrying an extinguisher in their car ?
      • 2 Years Ago
      When an off duty firefighter (me) saved a woman trapped in a burning car, the first responding police officer on the scene wanted to arrest me for not letting him make the rescue.
      cuttingman
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is a great story - good stuff happens - no politics, no prejudice, no red/blue distinctions here - just heroism, humanity and caring. Americans have demonstrated the best characters, let's remember that we are all on the same team!
      • 2 Years Ago
      God bless them all.
      Brian Workman
      • 2 Years Ago
      If it had happened in CA. They would have had a huge crowd, taking Cell Phone Photo's for veiwing on the internet U-Tube, and to busy to help save anyone!!
        Terry
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Brian Workman
        Yo Brian...people in California are no different than those anywhere else, but thanks for your misguided opinion.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Obviously Murphy’s laws were taking a much needed time off.
      k2braptup
      • 2 Years Ago
      Angels all around! I hope those two people know how blessed they are, to be touched by Angels. Not everyone has the privilege.
      Brian Workman
      • 2 Years Ago
      "LUCK be with you!"
      Terri
      • 2 Years Ago
      True heroes - all of them! :)
      Optimum
      • 2 Years Ago
      It again confirms my belief that Americans are good people - when things get tough someone will always help.
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