Citizens praised for rescuing man

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UPPER RAWDON: Quick-thinking citizens are being credited with saving a 30-year-old man after the vehicle he was driving veered off the road and quickly engulfed in flames on Nov. 16.

East Hants District RCMP say they responded to a single vehicle collision on Highway 14 in Upper Rawdon at about 11:15 a.m.

In a release, RCMP Public Information Officer Cpl. Andrew Joyce said the quick action by the residents likely saved the man’s life.

“Prior to emergency services arriving, motorists driving by observed the vehicle off the roadway on fire and pulled over to assist,” said Cpl. Joyce. “Initially due to smoke, they were unable to see if the vehicle was occupied.The individuals determined that there was an occupant trapped in the vehicle.

“Through their quick actions, including breaking a door window, they were able to remove the occupant from the vehicle which was quickly being engulfed in flames.”

Firefighters from Rawdon and Gore were paged out to the call. Nine Mile River was requested mutual aid later in the call for traffic control.

EHS Lifeflight was requested and transported the man to the QEII hospital in Halifax with serious injuries. He was later released from hospital on Nov. 17.

East Hants RCMP Cpl. Calvin Byard praised the residents for their actions.

“We want to thank those brave individuals who took it upon themselves to pull over and help during such a dangerous situation,” said Cpl. Byard. “Without a doubt, their actions saved the driver’s life.”

The investigation into the cause of the mishap is ongoing.