Bystanders creditied for saving man from burning truck following Battle Creek crash

Posted at 7:51 PM, May 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-09 20:27:23-04

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — Bystanders were credited for saving a 19-year-old Jackson man from a vehicle fire following a crash Monday evening.

It happened around 6:10 p.m. near the Checkers Restaurant on Columbia Road near 28th Street. The Battle Creek Police Department said the Jackson man was pulling out of the restaurant and turning left when his truck was hit by a car driven by a 35-year-old Battle Creek woman. The truck was sent spinning into the curb, but stopped short of hitting a utility pole.

However, the truck caught fire. Witnesses near the area managed to pull the driver out of the truck before it became fully engulfed in flames. The fire was quickly put out by the Battle Creek Fire Department.

The man suffered non-life threatening injuries and was taken to an area hospital for treatment. Police said he was ticketed for failing to yield.

The woman was unhurt and was able to drive her vehicle away from the scene.