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Five injured in car crash, fire on Highway 16


La Crosse, WISCONSIN (WXOW) – La Crosse Police are investigating a car crash, where one of the vehicles started on fire.  It happened about 6:30, Tuesday night on Highway 16.

Police say a vehicle was traveling south on the highway when it attempted to pass a car but lost control.  The vehicle went into the northbound lane of traffic and struck another vehicle head-on.  After the impact, Police say the vehicle started on fire.  The driver was pulled out by a couple of citizens that stopped near the crash.  The driver was transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.  Police did charge the driver with Reckless Driving Causing Bodily Harm.

Police say the vehicle that was hit head-on, had four people in the car.  They were all transported to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries.  

No names are being released at this time and the crash remains under investigation by the La Crosse Police Department.

The La Crosse Fire and Police Departments recognized the citizens who saved the driver. John Tellier, Frank Segura and Gary Jahr worked together to get the man out of the window.

Tellier says they were just doing the right thing.

"I think the word hero gets used too much when people should just be helping other people. You see someone in trouble, you should help them,"Tellier said.

"It was just, the car being engulfed in flames and somebody sitting in it, and being in the nearest proximity that I could see, it' just something you do. Something anybody would do, I hope," Segura said.

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