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State trooper, two others rescue man from burning car in Plainville

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Three people rescued a man from a burning car on Tuesday (State police dash cam) Three people rescued a man from a burning car on Tuesday (State police dash cam)
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PLAINVILLE, CT (WFSB) -

One person was injured in a crash on Route 72 in Plainville on Tuesday morning.

Route 72 in Plainville was closed because of a crash, according to transportation officials. It has since reopened. 

The Department of Transportation said the closure was between exits 4 and 7 on the eastbound side.

The crash was first reported shortly after 10 a.m.

The man was rescued from his car by a state trooper, a construction worker who was in the area at the time of the crash, and a passing motorist.

The trooper was identified as Trooper Tom Karanda, who was working on a nearby construction site. 

"I exited my car ran up to the vehicle....it was fully involved at that particular point. A lot of smoke, I couldn't even see if there was any occupants at that point," Karanda said.

The construction worker who also helped is from Canton and is employed by Mohawk Construction, and the passing motorist is from Wolcott.

The car, with a veteran Connecticut registration, was driven by 57-year-old David Bartlett, of Plainville, who is a Navy veteran.

"We don't really know who you are but we really do appreciate you helping David...and he's alive today because of you," said David's mother Rita Bartlett.

Dash-cam video was released by police showing the great lengths three brave people went through to make sure the driver got out of the car.

"At that particular point we bent the door back grabbed him by his arm and walked him away from the car before the car became really involved," Karanda said.

David Bartlett is in the hospital and has some bumps and bruises but he will survive.

"When he was being led away from the ambulance he was on his gurney in the back and he said 'Tom you're my new best friend' so that goes a long way for me," Karanda said.

"I would say 'God bless you, you're a very wonderful man for saving my son's life'," Rita Bartlett said.

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