Officers pull patient and paramedic from ambulance seconds before explosion

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- An ambulance went up in flames in Indiana before exploded -- and two people nearby were rescued with just seconds to spare.

According to a report by WXIN Fox 59, it happened earlier this month near Indianapolis. Police say the ambulance crashed after the driver swerved to avoid a deer. By the time officers arrived on the scene, the ambulance was engulfed in flames with oxygen tanks inside.

A paramedic and patient weren't moving fast enough to make it up an embankment to safety, so three officers quickly ran to help, pulling them away just seconds before the ambulance exploded.

All that can be seen of the ambulance now are charred remains.

"It's kind of indescribable, something you'd see in, maybe, like a movie or something," said Adam Buckley, an officer with the Centerville Police Department. "The driver of the ambulance actually said, he said, 'If you guys wouldn't have came, my life could have been over," he added.

The EMT driver and paramedic are at home recovering. Sadly, the patient passed away over the weekend.

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