UK & World News

  • 2 July 2014, 14:32

'Superhuman' Bends Car Door To Save Driver

A man has used his "superhuman strength" to bend the door of a burning car and pull the driver to safety.

Robert Renning was driving along the I-35 near New Brighton, Minnesota, when he noticed another vehicle on fire.

He flagged down the motorist, Michael Johannes, but as he rushed to help, the electronic locks and windows on the other car failed.

As smoke filled the car, Mr Johannes frantically tried to kick out the windows.

When he was unable to free himself from the burning wreck, Mr Renning grabbed the top of the door and pulled it towards the ground, causing glass in the window to shatter.

He then grabbed hold of Mr Johannes and pulled him clear of the flames.

Trooper Zachary Hill, of Minnesota State Patrol, said: "He did an extraordinary deed, bending a locked car door of a burning car in half to extricate a trapped person.

"He deserves any and all commendation for his extraordinary life-saving measure that kept another man from burning alive."

Speaking to the Minnesota Star Tribune, he said Mr Renning had shown "superhuman strength", adding: "I don't think I could take a crowbar and fold the door like he did."

Mr Johannes suffered only slight smoke inhalation and minor cuts from where he was pulled through the window.

Mr Renning, who was unhurt, told the Star Tribune he had "no clue" how he managed to prize open the door.

"I'm just a slightly overweight Air Force First Sergeant, for crying out loud," he joked.