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New Jersey State troopers save driver from burning truck seconds before it explodes

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Authorities on Tuesday released video showing two New Jersey State Police troopers pull an injured driver from his burning tractor-trailer seconds before the big rig exploded on Interstate 287.

Trooper Robert Tarleton was speaking to a motorist he pulled over on the highway when the truck ran off the right side of the road in the express lanes, hit a guardrail and slammed into a bridge abutment around 3:35 p.m. Monday, according to State Police.

“You’re good, get outta here,” the trooper told the stopped driver after seeing the wreck.

Tarleton rushed to the crash scene, radioed for emergency crews to respond and pulled up at the fiery wreck.

As Tarleton sprinted to the truck, off-duty State Police Lt. Edward Ryer, who also spotted the crash while driving home, was already at the truck’s cab.

“Trooper Tarleton and Lieutenant Ryer then worked together to pull the driver from the burning cab, dragging him to safety, seconds before it exploded,” the State Police said in a statement.

The trucker suffered minor injuries and was taken to Morristown Medical Center for evaluation, police said. The cause of the crash remained under investigation.

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