Man pulled from burning truck

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A man was pulled from a burning truck after he fell asleep and ran into a guardrail in Columbia County early Saturday, authorities said.

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This Ford F350, driven by Joseph Banks, of Dallas, Ga., ran into a guardrail in Columbia County early Saturday and burst into flames. Click the headline below to see more photos.  SPECIAL
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This Ford F350, driven by Joseph Banks, of Dallas, Ga., ran into a guardrail in Columbia County early Saturday and burst into flames. Click the headline below to see more photos.

At 1:46 a.m., Georgia state troopers and Columbia County deputies were dispatched to an accident on Interstate 20 near mile marker 187, Trooper 1st Class Matthew MacDonald said.

They found a Ford F350 ablaze on the guardrail and Joseph Banks, of Dallas, Ga., about halfway out the driver’s side window. He was caught by his seat belt, and his legs were pinned between the seat and the door.

MacDonald said he and deputies Bobby Atma and Wes Ward used a crowbar to free Banks’ legs and cut his seatbelt. The fire department arrived as they were freeing Banks and provided water to tame the flames.

Banks was being treated at Medical College of Georgia Hospi­tal for second-degree burns on his legs and a broken pelvis, MacDonald said.

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RogueKnight
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RogueKnight 06/23/12 - 10:31 pm
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I know Trooper MacDonald.

I know Trooper MacDonald. Good dude. And good job, troopers, deputies and EMS, for saving this man's life!

Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 06/24/12 - 12:18 am
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CONGRATULATIONS...

to our three brave law enforcement personnel for saving Mr. Banks' life.

curly123053
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curly123053 06/24/12 - 03:19 pm
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Thank you to our officers.

In the right place at the right time thank God!!

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fatboyhog 06/24/12 - 07:37 pm
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Day in and day out, law

Day in and day out, law enforcement officers (as well as fire fighters and EMTs) put their lives on the line without thinking twice. This is what they are trained to do. These three officers are heroes in the truest sense of the word. Thanks to their bravery, Mr. Banks is alive. Too often, people want to bash the police and fail to notice the kinds of selfless acts. These three officers make me proud to be affiliated with law enforcement and they are to be commended for their heroic actions.

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