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Passerby rescues man from fiery, overturned car: police

State police in Jonestown say a passerby likely saved a crash victim’s life Sunday morning.

William Matiskella pulled Jonathan R. Porter from a fiery crash in which Porter’s 2002 Pontiac Sunfire struck a utility pole and overturned at around 7:15 a.m. Oct. 9 on the 500 block of King Street in Jackson Township, according to a state police news release.

Matiskella, who was the first person to arrive at the crash scene, told police Porter was semi-conscious and unable to get out of the vehicle. Matiskella then removed the driver’s side widow and pulled Porter from the car before first responders arrived, police said.

Porter, 37, of Myerstown, was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital for treatment of not life-threatening injuries. 

A preliminary investigation determined that Porter was traveling east on King Street when, for unknown reasons, he crossed over into the westbound lane, left the roadway, and struck the utility pole. After striking the utility pole, the vehicle rolled and caught fire, police said.

King Street was closed for about an hour while crews stabilized the utility pole and wires.

State police are investigating what caused the crash.

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