Driver survives fiery wreck thanks to Good Samaritan and LI cop

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MANORVILLE (PIX11) – A Manorville man is lucky to be alive today thanks to a Good Samaritan and a quick-thinking police officer.

34-year-old Brad Klaus crashed his Ford Explorer into a wooded area on Florence Drive around 12:30 am on April 1. Klaus was trapped in the car.

TJ Zelezny happened to be nearby and called for help with no idea Klaus was stuck in the vehicle.

Car fire

After Good Samaritan TJ Zeleny saw the car ablaze, he rushed to his garage and grabbed a shovel to try and rescue anyone inside.

“As I was on the phone with 911 the car started to catch on fire,” Zelezny said. He then grabbed a shovel from his garage and tried to break the windows of the SUV in case anyone was still alive inside. A short time later Officer Denis O’Connor arrived.

“I wasn’t expecting anyone to be alive and when I saw the kicking at the back window that’s what really surprised me,” Officer O’Connor said.

The two pulled Brad Klaus out alive, he was treated for minor injuries on Tuesday and released from the hospital.