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Passersby rescue Ottawa family of four moments before vehicle explodes

By vancouvernews - Mon Jan 28, 3:05 am

OTTAWA — Minutes before a burning car exploded on the Queensway Friday night, Yasser Alshunaif recalls the frantic cries of the 12-year-old boy trapped in the back seat.

“His leg was stuck with the seatbelt,� Alshunaif told the Citizen. “He said, ‘Please help me. Pull me! Pull me!’�

The boy’s father and two siblings had already been pulled from the wreckage with the help of a volunteer firefighter, who smashed the passenger side window with his boot and released the front seat. Alshunaif and his friend pried the back door open and freed the boy from the flaming car.

Alshunaif had just left ceremony for students from Saudi Arabia and was dressed in a traditional white robe, a white floor length garment, without a jacket when he noticed the crash near the Nicholas Street eastbound off-ramp.

A car had smashed into a culvert after it was hit by another vehicle. A father and his

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