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Published March 15, 2013, 09:17 PM

Harwood, N.D., Man Saves Woman From Burning Car

Southbound lanes of I-29 were closed for a while this morning because of a car on fire which trapped a 50-year-old woman inside. Had it not been for the heroic actions of a Harwood man, this story could have had a tragic ending.

By: Katie Lange, WDAZ

Southbound lanes of I-29 were closed for a while this morning because of a car on fire which trapped a 50-year-old woman inside. Had it not been for the heroic actions of a Harwood man, this story could have had a tragic ending.

He says he doesn't consider himself a hero but he certainly deserves the title of good samaritan. Jonathan Magnell's morning commute was anything but ordinary when he came across four cars parked on the side of I-29, one of them engulfed in flames.

Jonathan: "He had busted the window and her foot and arm fell out of the drivers side window, so we knew someone was in there, we couldn't tell because the windows were tinted so dark. Her foot was wrapped up in the seat belt so we couldn't get her away from the car."

A slice of a knife and Marjorie Branden was free from the grasps of her burning Buick.

Jonathan: "...Was going to start CPR and she wasn't moving right away. Then I think when the cold hit her is when she kind of came to."

By the time local firefighters arrived on scene the patient was already in an ambulance waiting to be transported to Essentia Health. As to what caused the fire, that's still unknown.

Battalion Chief Dan Carley, Fargo Fire Department: "Once the fire was put out we tried to get the interstate opened back up so we didn't want to do a full investigation on scene. We cleared the scene as soon as possible, because of that we're not sure what caused the fire."

Magnell said he overheard the victim say the lights on her dashboard began flickering before she smelled smoke. We're told Branden's injuries are non-life threatening.

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