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Two rescue man from burning car after Hauppauge crash, cops say

Two rescue man from burning car in Hauppauge

Two people rescued an unconscious man from a burning car Wednesday afternoon after he crashed into a tree in Hauppauge, Suffolk police said. (Credit: Steve98NYy12550 via Youtube)

Two people rescued an unconscious man from a burning car Wednesday afternoon after he crashed into a tree in Hauppauge, Suffolk police said.

Paul Gross, 53, of Mount Sinai, was driving along Townline Road at 4:43 p.m. when he suffered an apparent medical incident and crashed into the tree, police said. The car caught on fire, police said.

Hauppauge Fire Department volunteer Stephen Matteo, 31, of Hauppauge, heard the crash from his home and rushed to the scene, while flagging down motorist Edmund Quinones, 57, of Ronkonkoma, police said.

Both helped pull an unconscious Gross away from the car, police said.

Matteo and others, according to police, then provided medical care to help revive Gross.

Briana Stettner, 19, of Hauppauge, heard the crash and halted traffic at the intersection of Townline Road and Hoffman Lane so emergency vehicles could get access, police said.

The Smithtown Fire Department took Gross to Stony Brook University Hospital, where he was treated for several nonlife-threatening injuries, authoritiess said.

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