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MESQUITE, Tex. — Two Texas police officers are being hailed as heroes after pulling an unconscious driver from his burning car seconds before the entire vehicle was engulfed in flames.
It happened early Sunday morning in Mesquite, about 14 miles east of Dallas.
The incident was captured by the police cruiser’s dashcam.
Officers Ryan Nielson and Autumn Soto were responding to a report of a single-car crash on a service road next to Interstate 30.
The officers found 25-year-old Hector Valles unconscious with his clothes on fire.
They pulled him to safety, and the victim was taken to Baylor University Hospital with burns and internal injuries.
“It was pretty intense. I’m just so thankful for him that we were that close, because he had seconds — seconds — left,” Officer Soto told NBC 5.
Investigators determined Valles was headed east on I-30 when he left the roadway and hit a steel pillar that supported a highway sign.