Passing motorist pulls woman from burning car

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- A young woman whose car flipped onto its side and caught fire in Portland says she's grateful to the passing motorist who stopped and pulled her from the vehicle.

Police say 21-year-old Jerusalem Dimbore fell asleep at the wheel and crashed Thursday night. She tells KGW-TV her seat belt was holding her up.

Shawn Stevenson says he and his family were on their way to visit their grandmother when he saw the car flipped on its side.

He says Dimbore was trapped inside and pounding on the windows as flames began to erupt. KGW says he smashed a back window with a hammer that a neighbor tossed to him. Then he pulled Dimbore from the burning car.

She escaped with only minor cuts and bruises.

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Information from: KGW-TV, http://www.kgw.com/