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2 state troopers rescue trucker before rig explodes

March 4, 2020 GMT
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In this image made from New Jersey State Police body camera video, N.J. State Police Lt. Edward Ryer pulls a truck driver from his cab just before it burst into flames on Interstate 287 in Bridgewater Township, N.J., Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2020. Ryer and Trooper Robert Tarleton pulled the driver away from the vehicle to safety just before it exploded. (New Jersey State Police via AP)
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In this image made from New Jersey State Police body camera video, N.J. State Police Lt. Edward Ryer pulls a truck driver from his cab just before it burst into flames on Interstate 287 in Bridgewater Township, N.J., Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2020. Ryer and Trooper Robert Tarleton pulled the driver away from the vehicle to safety just before it exploded. (New Jersey State Police via AP)

BRIDGEWATER TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — Two New Jersey state troopers pulled a trucker to safety just seconds before his burning tractor-trailer exploded.

Trooper Robert Tarleton had stopped a vehicle on Interstate 287 on Monday when he saw the truck become engulfed in flames after it hit a guardrail and bridge abutment, state police said.

“He immediately returned the driver’s credentials and ran back to his troop car to request for fire and emergency medical services personnel to respond to the crash,” state police said.

Tarleton drove to the scene of the crash, where State Police Lt. Edward Ryer, who was headed home from work, was trying to rescue the driver.

Police body camera video showed the two troopers worked together to drag the trucker from the cab to safety seconds before it exploded.

The driver sustained minor injuries. His name has not been released.

The cause of the crash was under investigation.