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Nursing student breaks windows, pulls crash victim to safety

(NBC) - A student and an off-duty paramedic saved a seriously injured woman from her burning car after it drove off a Kentucky overpass and crashed onto the interstate below.

Police said the car landed on its top, knocking Melissa Robbins of Independence unconscious, and then caught on fire.

Firefighters said two passing drivers saw the fire and turned their cars around to help Robbins.

They broke the car's window and pulled her out of the car to safety.

"(They) saw the car on fire then they rushed over without thoughts of their own safety and helped her," Taylor Mill Officer Karen Spanyer said.

They stayed with her and gave her aid until emergency crews arrived.

Rescuer Bryan Brulport said he was on his way to Northern Kentucky University when he saw the crash.

"I noticed a car on the other side of the highway, upside down," Brulport said.

He stopped and ran across several lanes of I-275 to reach the car.

"The first thing I asked was, 'Is everyone out? Is everyone OK?' They said, 'No, we can't get the doors open,'" he said.

With smoke pluming and time ticking, Brulport punched one window out and realized the woman inside wasn't responding.

"So I stepped back and ended up kicking the passenger window out and climbed in the vehicle and tried to get her out," he said.

Another man, off-duty paramedic Scott Williams, helped pull Robbins out of the vehicle to safety before the flames engulfed it.

"She had a cross necklace that was burnt into her skin," Brulport said.

Brulport is studying nursing and said he hopes to be an EMT. He was inspired to help others after his life was saved years ago by Southgate firefighters.

"God put me in the right place at the right time. I was lucky enough to act on instinct," Brulport said.

Police said Robbins was still not conscious when she was transported to University Hospital. Her condition was not known.

The crash shut down the highway for about an hour and the cause of the crash is under investigation.

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