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Good Samaritans rescue man from burning car on freeway

Good Samaritans rescue man from burning carA North Hills man was rescued from his burning car by Good Samaritans early Sunday morning, authorities said.

Timothy Truc, 23, was making the transition from the westbound 101 Freeway onto the northbound 405 Freeway when his 2007 Toyota Scion crossed four lanes of traffic and ran into the center median about 3:20 a.m., according to the California Highway Patrol.

Truc’s car overturned, came to a stop in the southbound lanes and caught on fire, authorities said. A witness said off-duty security guard Khoren Moughalian used a large knife to cut Truc away from the vehicle and a second passerby, Jason Abraham, pulled Truc away from the wreckage, according to City News Service.

Truc was taken to Northridge Hospital and treated for moderate injuries, the CHP said. Later he was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.

Lanes on the southbound and northbound 405 between Oxnard Boulevard and the 101 Freeway were closed while workers cleaned debris and repaired the center median. All lanes were open by 8:20 a.m. Sunday, CHP Officer Monica Posada said.


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Photo: The scene of the accident. Credit: KTLA-TV

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