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Coast Guardsmen rescue I-10 driver seconds before truck bursts into flames

An overturned semi-truck is engulfed in flames on an Interstate 10 exit ramp in Mobile Thursday. Four Coast Guardsmen, of Coast Guard Sector Mobile, witnessed the accident,and pulled the unconscious driver from the truck's cab just seconds before it was engulfed in flames. (U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Coast Guard Sector Mobile)
An overturned semi-truck is engulfed in flames on an Interstate 10 exit ramp in Mobile Thursday. Four Coast Guardsmen, of Coast Guard Sector Mobile, witnessed the accident,and pulled the unconscious driver from the truck's cab just seconds before it was engulfed in flames. (U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Coast Guard Sector Mobile)

MOBILE, Ala. -- Four U.S. Coast Guardsmen rescued a driver trapped in his overturned 18-wheeler just seconds before the truck's cab became engulfed in flames near an Interstate 10 off-ramp Thursday.

The four marine inspectors from Coast Guard Sector Mobile, which covers parts of Mississippi, witnessed the accident near the Tillman's Corner exit of I-10 and quickly responded, pulling the unconscious driver from the semi-truck cab as it was on fire, Coast Guard spokesman Jonathan Lally said.

Tally said the truck's cab burst into flames just seconds after the guardsmen carried the driver to a safe distance.

The Coast Guardsmen called 911 and rendered first aid to the man until EMT units arrived on-scene and took the driver to an area hospital in Mobile for treatment to unknown injuries.

Authorities have not yet identified the driver or the guardsmen who saved his life.

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