Man saves driver from exploding SUV

U.S. Route 422 crash

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A Nelson Township man cutting grass on Tuesday saved a man from a crashed SUV seconds before it exploded into flames.

Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers said the driver crashed his SUV driving westbound on U.S. Route 422  north of the Trumbull-Portage county border in Nelson Township.

Troopers said the driver flipped his SUV several times before it stopped on an embankment on the side of the road.

“There are heavy skid marks indicating he did perceive a threat or possibly something in the roadway,” said OSHP Lt. Marvin Hill. “He hit his brakes, he lost control and went off (the) roadway.”

Aheart Rudolph, who was cutting the grass in his nearby yard, witnessed the wreck.

“He was coming down the street and I heard his brakes squealing so I looked,” Rudolph said. “He stopped and came up on the embankment here and flipped over.”

Rudolph went to the driver’s side of the smoking SUV and pulled the victim out.

“I tried to talk to him at first,” Rudolph said. “He never did say anything. I know the car was burning so I opened the door, pulled him out and moved back about 30 feet.”

Seconds later, the car burst into flames. Troopers said the driver could have died or been seriously injured if not for Rudolph’s quick action.

“I’m not a hero,” Rudolph said. “Anybody would have done what I did.”

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