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November 16, 2014 at 11:17 AM

Passersby pull man, dog, from burning minivan in Eugene

EUGENE, Ore. — A pair of passersby helped rescue a Eugene man from a burning minivan that crashed on Friday with a load of ammunition inside.

The Eugene Register-Guard reports Rick Wetzel and Josh Stevens happened upon the accident Friday afternoon, just before flames spread across the van.

The ammunition began heating up and discharging, sending rounds through the van. The man inside the burning van told Wetzel and Stevens it reminded him of his experience in the Vietnam War.

He was pulled from the van with non-life-threatening injuries.

Wetzel and Stevens went back for the man’s black poodle, which suffered singed fur but survived. The van was engulfed in flames minutes later.

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