A WOMAN has been hailed a hero after pulling an injured motorist from a crashed car - seconds before it was engulfed in flames in South Yorkshire.
The woman, aged in her 30s, leapt into action after a Vauxhall Corsa ran off the road and ploughed into an electricity pylon in Maltby, leaving the driver stunned.
Firefighters say she was a passenger in another car on Scotch Spring Lane when she saw the accident on Saturday, at about 5.20pm.
Seeing the man fail to make his escape, she ran over and dragged him from the car shortly before it burst into flames.
The dazed man, aged in his 20s, was treated for minor injuries by ambulance crews at the scene before being taken to Rotherham Hospital.
Firefighter Alan Blenkiron, Maltby station red watch manager, said the woman probably saved the motorist’s life.
He said: “What she did was very heroic.
“Without her actions it could have been a very different story.
“She witnessed the accident and the driver has been too dazed to get himself out of the car. She pulled him out just before fire ripped through the vehicle.
“The young man has been doubly lucky, first to survive the collision and then to have her there when it caught fire.”
Firefighters found the car well alight and used breathing apparatus to put the fire out. It was completely burnt out.