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Passers-by called heroes after pulling man from burning car

WISCONSIN RAPIDS, WI (WTAQ) - Some passers-by are being called heroes, after they pulled an unconscious man from a burning car near Wisconsin Rapids. 

Wood County sheriff's sergeant Lee Garrels said the vehicle veered off Highway 73 early Sunday afternoon. 

It struck some hay bales and overturned. That started both the vehicle and the hay on fire. 

Garrels said people who were passing by stopped, pulled the man from the auto, and saved his life.

Officials said the car was destroyed by fire by the time first responder rescuers arrived -- and the driver regained consciousness by then. He was taken to a Wisconsin Rapids hospital for undisclosed injuries.

One of the rescuers was also treated for smoke inhalation.