Police officer rescues man from burning car

A Charlottetown police officer pulled a man from a burning car following an accident on Water Street Sunday night.

A Charlottetown police officer pulled a man from a burning car following an accident on Water Street Sunday night.

Police say the vehicle struck a power pole at around 9:40 p.m.and caught fire. When police arrived on the scene they noticed the driver was still in the locked car and was not responding to calls to get out.

Deputy police chief Richard Collins said an officer moved quickly to get the man out of the vehicle.

"There was a small fire at the time. Smoke was starting to fill the cab area of the vehicle," said Collins.

"The officer was forced to smash a window in the rear of the vehicle and unlock the doors and literally drag the individual from the vehicle."

Police think the driver may been suffering from a medical problem that was connected to the accident.

The 53-year-old Charlottetown man was taken to hospital, treated for minor injuries, and released.

Collins said soon after the man was taken out of the car it became fully engulfed in flames. Charlottetown firefighters extinguished the fire.

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