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Good Samaritan saves driver from fiery crash in Brownfield, police say

A vehicle had reportedly rolled over and burst into flames with the driver initially trapped inside.

BROWNFIELD, Maine — A Good Samaritan came to the rescue during a fiery crash in Brownfield, and police say the person may have saved the driver's life.

The Oxford County Sheriff's Office and first responders from neighboring towns were called to a crash at approximately 5:37 p.m. Tuesday at the Maine and New Hampshire state line on Center Conway Road, according to a news release from the sheriff's office. 

The sheriff's office said an initial investigation showed the driver, Robert Wallstrom, 60, of Brownfield, had just crossed into Maine from New Hampshire when he apparently went off the right side of the road, overcorrected, crossed the center line, and went off the left side of the road. His vehicle then struck a large rock, causing it to vault into trees and land nose first, bursting into flames, according to officials.

The car did not contain any other passengers, according to the sheriff's office.

Wallstrom was reportedly on fire when he was able to remove himself from the vehicle. In quick response, a Good Samaritan from a nearby home was able to extinguish the driver and drag them to safety away from the fully engulfed vehicle.

The Good Samaritan stayed with the driver until emergency personnel arrived at the scene, according to deputies. 

Wallstrom was flown to a nearby hospital with life-threatening injuries. 

"The actions of the Good Samaritan, without a doubt, saved the life of the individual involved," deputies said in the release. 

The crash is still under investigation. No further information regarding the identities of those involved is available at this time.

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