Bystanders pull man from burning car

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A Barnegat Light man is lucky to be alive this morning after he was pulled from his burning pickup truck while flames burned through the floor, according to Mullica Township police./Mullica Township police A Barnegat Light man is lucky to be alive this morning after he was pulled from his burning pickup truck while flames burned through the floor, according to Mullica Township police./Mullica Township police MULLICA TOWNSHIP _ A Barnegat Light man is lucky to be alive this morning after he was pulled from his burning pickup truck while flames burned through the floor, according to Mullica Township police.

John Hem, 22, of Barnegat Light was transported to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center’s City Division for treatment of moderate injuries, the Mullica police said.

Hem crashed his pickup truck shortly before 1 a.m. Friday, Dec. 13 at Nesco and Jackson Roads on the northern edge of the township. The location was the scene of a many accidents, including a fatal head-on a year ago.

Thomas Clark, 34, of Tuckerton arrived on the scene to find the truck engulfed and Hem trapped in the driver’s seat. Clark jumped out of his vehicle and used a knife to cut Hem free of his seatbelt. Clark then pulled Hem from the truck as flames erupted through the floor of the truck, Mullica police said.

Clem told police that the scene was very dangerous, Mullica township police said.

Hem is under investigation for driving while intoxicated and DWI charges are pending, Mullica Township police said.


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