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Officers praised for saving Telford car fire man

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Police officers have been praised for pulling a young man from a burning car just moments before it was engulfed in flames.

The two police officers found the car on fire with a passenger inside on the A442 Queensway, between the Leegomery roundabout and the Hadley Park roundabout, in Telford in the early hours of Saturday.

Despite the fact that the car was on fire, they managed to cut his seatbelt and drag the man from the wreckage to a safe distance before the car was totally engulfed in flames.

And the officers, who were both from Shrewsbury, have now been praised for their actions.

Clare Thomas, spokeswoman for West Midlands Ambulance Service, said: "The attending ambulance crews would like to pass on their appreciation and respect to the officers whose actions were very brave in such a dangerous situation. The police officers will be nominated for a WMAS Chief Officers Commendation."

The man who was pulled from the car, who is in his early 20s, was treated at the scene for head and chest injuries before being taken to University Hospital North Staffordshire for further emergency treatment. He remains in hospital and is said to be in a critical condition.

The driver of the car and a second passenger suffered minor injuries and were taken to hospital as a precaution.

It is believed that the car, a white Renault Clio, had hit a cluster of trees as it was travelling along the A442 at about 1.20am.

Constable Paul Bosley from West Mercia Police's Force Operations Support Team in Shrewsbury is appealing for witnesses who may have seen the white Renault Clio travelling along the A442 prior to the moment it left the road.

Anyone who believes they may have information about the crash is asked to call West Mercia Police on 101 or 0300 333 3000, quoting incident number 25N 160313.

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