Passing motorists pulled a North Carolina police officer from his flaming cruiser that was stuck in a ditch Sunday.
The incident filmed by Kathy Hoffman in Wilsons Mills shows Officer Ashley McLamb's car smoking as a group first tried to kick in the window and then worked at the door to rescue him.
Officer McLamb was saved from his burning cop car Sunday. (Image via Kathy Hoffman/WRAL video screenshot)
"There's flames under the car," Hoffman yells during the video. "It's going to blow! Get him back, get him back."
The car does not explode in the video, however.
Terry Joyner, who according to WRAL-TV was among one of the rescuers, said McLamb seemed dazed in the car and after they had dragged him out.
McLamb was said to seem dazed after being dragged from the car. (Image via Kathy Hoffman/WRAL video screenshot)
"I asked him, 'Do you know your name?' He said no. 'Can you count 1,2,3?' No. 'Are you hurt anywhere? Can you tell us?' He just really could not talk or respond," Joyner said.
In the video, McLamb can be seen moving somewhat and sits up on his knees.
Watch Hoffman's video courtesy of WRAL:
WRAL reported McLamb did not suffer any serious injuries and was recovering Monday, but police are still unsure what landed the cruiser in the ditch.
"We're very blessed that people in the community were there, they were proactive and that God placed them at the right place at the right time," Chief David Hess told WRAL.
McLamb was hospitalized after being assaulted in April, but Hess said he doesn't think injuries sustained in this incident contributed to the car crash.