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Passerby saves boy from massive truck fire in Casselton

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A pickup truck sits wedged between the semi and trailer, charred from the intense vehicle fire.2 / 2

CASSELTON, N.D. — A 15-year-old's drive to school was cut short when he crashed with a semi truck north of Casselton this morning.

The boy was heading south in a pickup while the semi was heading west.

They crashed at the intersection of 33rd Street and 156th Avenue Southeast and the two vehicles immediately went up in flames at around 8 a.m. Wednesday.

You could see the semi truck in a ditch, the trailer tipped over and the pickup wedged inbetween.

A separate semi driver noticed the smoke billowing from the crash scene from a mile away.

Deputies said the semi driver rushed over to the uncontrolled gravel intersection and saw this now charred pickup covered in fire.

The 15-year-old boy was in the drivers seat screaming about the flames burning his arms.

So the semi driver grabbed a fire extinguisher from his truck, fought back the flames and pulled the boy out.

The man behind this rescue did not want to be interviewed and will instead remain an anonymous hero.

Firefighters finally had the massive fire out 30 minutes after the crash.

The semi truck and the pickup are a total loss.

Cleanup took hours. The fertilizer, which was not damaged, was supposed to be delivered right next to the crash scene. Skid loaders were seen taking it from the tipped semi to the farm field just a few feet away.

An ambulance took the pickup truck driver and the 73-year-old semi driver to a hospital somewhere in the Fargo-Moorhead metro.

It's unknown what condition they're in, but authorities said they were both awake and alert when they showed up to the crash.

There were no stop signs at the intersection. Neither driver has have been cited. Cass County deputies are still investigating.

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