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Video: Watch car salesman rescue truck driver engulfed in flames

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Minnesota State Patrol has released video footage showing the moment a car salesman leapt to the help of a truck driver who was on fire after a crash last month.

Deno Yannarelli, 58, was quick to respond when a truck driven by Alfie Foster crashed on Interstate 35W in Roseville on May 27, with the cab then bursting into flames.

“I just wanted to get to the driver,” Yannarelli told WCCO after the incident. “I started running and then it went ablaze.”

The video footage shows Foster emerge from the cab covered in flames, with Yannarelli then jumping over a fence to help him.

The car salesman, who works at Roseville Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, helped put out the flames on Foster's clothing and then poured water on his wounds until first responders arrived on the scene.

The massive fire caused the road to be closed initially in both directions, with the southbound route not reopening for six hours as emergency services got the blaze under control.

According to a release from the state patrol, the truck driver was released from Hennepin County Medical last Tuesday and is continuing to recover from his injuries.

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