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Man Rescued From Burning Car In Richmond

State Police have charged the driver, Robert L. Thompson Jr., 27, with driving under the influence. They say speed and alcohol were factors in the crash. The accident is still under investigation.

Good Samaritans helped rescue a driver from his car after it crashed and burst into flames on Interstate 195 in Richmond early Thursday morning.

Witnesses tell 8News the car was going very fast in the southbound lanes near Douglasdale Road shortly before 1 a.m. when the driver appeared to lose control.

"I thought it was a police officer because it was coming so fast," Joseph Barden told 8News at the scene. "All of a sudden, as it got closer to me, it went out of control and started to hit both sides of the roads by the guardrail."

Barden says the car was going back and forth across the road "like it was a pinball" before coming to rest and bursting into flames.

"I knew the guy had to get

Added: Apr-6-2012 Occurred On: Apr-6-2012
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