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Good Samaritan pulls adult, toddler from burning SUV on I-44

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SHREWSBURY, MO (KPLR) – Shrewsbury police call it a miraculous rescue. They say a Good Samaritan pulled a toddler and an adult from a burning SUV early Thursday morning on Interstate 44.

The incident happened just after 6 a.m. near the Shrewsbury Avenue exit.

Police say the driver crashed into a rock wall after having a diabetic reaction. The SUV flipped at least twice before catching fire.

“There was some fire coming from the floorboard of the SUV at the time,” said Lt. Brian Catlett, Shrewsbury Police Department.

Catlett says the rescuer first pulled the adult from the driver seat and then saw the toddler in the backseat. Catlett says the child was strapped in a car seat and appeared to be about two-years-old. Everybody was brought to a hospital by paramedics and were said to be in good condition.

“It’s tremendous,” said Catlett. “It’s miraculous that this took place, and you know thank God there are people in the world that will stop and help others like this.”

As of Thursday evening, Shrewsbury police were still in the process of completing the accident report. The identity of the Good Samaritan has not been released.