Updated: 07/25/2014 5:25 PM
Created: 07/25/2014 6:40 AM KSTP.com
By: Jennie Olson
A driver was rescued by a good Samaritan after a four-vehicle crash sparked a massive fire during the Friday morning commute.
The crash happened around 6:30 a.m. Friday on northbound I-35W at Highway 36. The Roseville Fire Chief says four vehicles were involved: a Metro Mobility bus, a semi-truck, a van and a box truck.
According to the Minnesota State Patrol, a southbound semi driver lost control, went over the guard rail and went into the northbound lanes. The bus, box truck and van then hit the semi, which started on fire.
According to the State Patrol, the driver of the Metro Mobility bus was pinned in the driver's seat, but a passerby with a towing strap pulled the Metro Mobility bus away from the semi and the driver was able to be extricated.
The good Samaritan was identified as 30-year-old Caley Emerson from Grand Rapids.
“When you have a situation evolving so rapidly, we can’t always get there in time,” Lt. Eric Roeske with the Minnesota State Patrol said. “We’re very thankful Mr. Emerson was there and recognized the situation and the danger this driver was in and thought quickly and acted quickly to likely save this driver’s life.”
No passengers were on the bus at the time of the crash; the bus driver has been hospitalized with unknown injuries.
The Roseville Fire Department said the crash caused about $500,000 in damage to all of the vehicles.
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