Monday, September 12, 2011

Bystanders lift burning car to rescue injured motorcyclist in Logan | The Salt Lake Tribune

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<blockquote class="posterous_long_quote">First published Sep 12 2011 01:11PM
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<div class="byline">Updated 1 minute ago <span class="updated" style="display: none;" title="2011-09-12T21:10:55.052-06:00">Updated Sep 12, 2011 09:10PM</span></div>
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<p class="TEXT_w_Indent">A motorcyclist who was dragged beneath a car  Monday in Logan was rescued by bystanders who helped police lift the  burning car and pull the man out from under the wreckage.</p>
<p class="TEXT_w_Indent">The man was riding east on U.S. Highway 89  about 11:40 a.m., when a driver steered his BMW 530XI into the  motorcycle&rsquo;s path from a parking lot across the street from the Utah  State University Campus, said assistant Logan Police Chief Jeff Curtis.  The driver of the BMW did not see the motorcyclist, who laid down his  bike and slid into the car.</p>
<p class="TEXT_w_Indent">The motorcycle and its driver were pulled  under the car, where the motorcycles gas line was severed, causing the  bike and the car to catch fire while the man was trapped underneath,  Curtis said.</p>
<p class="TEXT_w_Indent">Several bystanders rushed to the car and  lifted it off the motorcyclist while officers and other witnesses pulled  him out and moved him to safety.</p>
<p class="TEXT_w_Indent">The motorcyclist suffered broken bones, cuts and some burns, Curtis said.</p>
<p class="TEXT_w_Indent">The driver of the BMW was not injured but "was shaken up,obviously," he said.</p>
<p class="TEXT_w_Indent">Firefighters put out the flames shortly after the crash, Curtis said.</p>
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