NORTH HAVEN, Conn. (CBS Connecticut and AP) – State police say a volunteer firefighter from South Windsor was in the right place at the right time when he was able to rescue a man trapped inside a burning vehicle in North Haven.

The volunteer was driving along state Route 15 around 6:30 a.m. Sunday when he saw the flaming car on the shoulder near Exit 63.

State police say Sandeep Ahuja struck a wire guard rail along the highway and crashed into a tree, which ignited his vehicle. Ahuja was freed before the car became fully engulfed.

With Ahuja’s passenger still trapped inside, the volunteer firefighter used a tire jack to break the window and pulled the man to safety.

Ahuja and his passenger were treated at Yale-New Haven Hospital for injuries not believed to be life-threatening.

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