Police and fire authorities are praising the heroic work of a dozen bystanders who pulled a man from beneath a burning car in Logan on Monday morning.
At about 11:45 a.m., an eastbound motorcycle rider took evasive action to avoid colliding with a BMW sedan that was pulling out from a parking lot on the south side of U.S. Highway 89 across from Utah State University's Lund Hall, police say.
The two vehicles impacted and erupted into flames, trapping the male rider underneath the burning car.
Meanwhile, students and at least two construction workers who saw the crash rushed over to help.
"We lifted the side of the car up, and some other guys pulled him from underneath," said Ben Wilson of Mount Sterling, a construction worker at the school's new agricultural building.
The group lifted the passenger side of the sedan off the roadway while a man pulled the victim's legs to free him from the fiery wreck.
"They're rescuers," said Assistant Police Chief Curtis. "They did a great job getting him out and getting him the help he needed."
A video shot by an individual on campus shows the victim apparently unconscious as he was pulled from under the car. Minutes later, he moved his arm on his own as paramedics attended to him.
The driver of the BMW was alert and talking with emergency officials and did not appear to suffer any significant injuries.
The motorcyclist was identified by a family member as Brandon Wright, 21. He was transported to a local hospital by ambulance and later flown by helicopter to a Salt Lake City-area hospital. Police could not verify his condition but said at 5:30 p.m. Monday he was undergoing surgery.
Curtis said Wright was alert and talking with medics at the crash site and at the hospital.
The rider was not wearing a helmet, Curtis added.
Police closed a section of the highway between the crash site and 600 East for about an hour following the crash.
Police officials were seen compiling a list of the people who volunteered to help save the motorcycle rider.
"I'm impressed that that many people would get involved and risk their own safety," Curtis added.
Assistant Logan Fire Chief Brady Hansen said bystanders also helped to put out the vehicle fire. Police officers and construction crews grabbed fire extinguishers from nearby buildings to help get the flames out.
The crash is still under investigation and police are asking the public's help in collecting details about the incident. Anyone who witnessed the crash, Curtis said, is encouraged to contact police at 716-9300.