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Published September 24, 2013, 05:51 PM

Grand Forks man praised after pulling woman from burning vehicle

"I never meant for it to get that big," said Jensen. "I was just pulling a lady out of a burning car, that's all I tried to do."

A Grand Forks man who rescued a woman after she hit him in a head-on collision says he was just doing what he had to do. The accident happened around 10:20 Sunday evening north of Grand Forks when 25-year-old David Jensen of Grand Forks had pulled off the road and turned on his flashers to send a text. 49-year-old Tracy Ludwig of Fisher was approaching from the opposite direction when she failed to negotiate a curve, crossing the centerline and striking Jensen's vehicle head-on.

Jensen says he immediately got out of his vehicle to rescue an unconscious Ludwig from her burning car. Moments after pulling her out, the car became engulfed in flames. David says he's getting an overwhelming amount of support from friends and family.

"I never meant for it to get that big," said Jensen. "I was just pulling a lady out of a burning car, that's all I tried to do."

Jensen's father, Mike, says "He does what he has to do. I'm proud of the fact that he did what he did."

David received burns on his arm and says that his whole body is sore, but he's not letting that keep him from working his construction job.

Tracy Ludwig was released from Altru Hospital Tuesday. She's charged with driving under the influence.

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