US man uses super-human strength to save driver from burning car

Bob Renning, 52, bent a car door to save a man trapped inside.

US man uses super-human strength to save driver from burning car

World Bulletin / News Desk

A man saved a driver from a burning car by bending the door with his bare hands, US Minnesota state police said, describing his feat of "superhuman strength".

Bob Renning, 52, noticed a vehicle fiiling up with smoke on the freeway in Minnesota and stopped to help.

He told the Minneapolis Star Tribune he was not sure how he bent the door open far enough to shatter the window glass.

Police officer Zachary Hill was first to the scene, "He did an extraordinary deed, bending a locked car door in half, of a burning car, to extricate a trapped person," said Hill.

A member of the US National Guard, Mr Renning, said he sprinted towards the vehicle as he saw flames and smoke "rolling around" the SUV. His girlfriend called 911.

According to the Minnesota State Patrol, after he realised the vehicle was locked and the windows would not work, Mr Renning gripped the top of the door frame with his fingers, braced his foot against the door and pulled.

Michael Johannes, the man in the vehicle, said he didnt realize someone was trying to save him as he was holding his breath in the smoke filled car.

"Thirty seconds later and I would have been done," Mr Johannes said. "It was a good thing I didn't have my family in there." 

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