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Good Samaritans pull Oshawa man from burning car

Durham Regional Police say the victim may have been drinking.

Fernando Morales/The Globe and Mail

Two passersby rescued an Oshawa man from his burning car after a head-on crash on a rural road early Sunday morning.

The 27-year-old, who police say may have been drinking, was driving a Chevrolet Cobalt south on Simcoe Street near Port Perry, Ont., shortly after midnight Sunday. His car crossed into the northbound lane and smashed into a pickup truck.

The Cobalt caught fire. Two members of the public stopped and pulled the man to safety, even as his car was "completely engulfed in flames," Durham Regional Police said in a press release.

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The man was taken to local hospital in Port Perry with life-threatening injuries, then airlifted to Sunnybrook in Toronto. He has been stabilized.

The driver of the pickup, a 50-year-old man from Little Britain, Ont., was treated for minor injuries and is now out of hospital.

Police did not say who the Good Samaritans were.

Investigators have determined that weather and road conditions were "favourable" when the crash happened, but that alcohol and speed may have played a part.

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