Witness pulls crash victim to safety

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- A local man is being called a hero after he pulled a man from a burning car.

Jesse Newton, of Grand Junction, saw a car burst into flames after hitting a power pole near D and 30 Roads on Saturday. Newton sprang into action.

"My first thought was, 'This thing is going to explode' because the fire was in the back by the gas tank," Newton said.

When Jesse saw the crash, he tried to call 9-1-1. But instead of waiting for first responders, he decided to take matters into his own hands.

"I told them, I was like, 'Look, I got to go. I got to try to get this guy out of the van.' When I looked in there, it was full of smoke and I couldn't see anything. I yelled, but nobody yelled back," Newton said.

But after looking in the back of the crashed van, Jesse found the driver and pulled him out.

"I didn't think about dying, or life or death or anything like that. Life is precious and you should do anything you can to preserve it and save it," Newton said.

The driver was last listed in stable condition.

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