WATCH: Witnesses form human chain to rescue man from burning SUV

PALM BAY, FL (WESH) — Nearly a dozen people formed a human chain to help rescue a man trapped inside a burning SUV after a crash Sunday in Palm Bay, Florida.

A two-vehicle accident sent one car careening down an embankment.

People pulled over to free the trapped driver, but he wouldn’t cooperate and fought back.

Police say a head injury made him incoherent.

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“Everyone just kind of jumped in just to save this person. So it was really impressive to watch, to be a part of. You know it was a miracle and a blessing just to see the kindness and the courage involved in that, the bravery,” said witness Shannon Perez.

With the vehicle still burning, the injured man was pulled out and the bystanders linked arms to help him and the rescuers up the embankment.

“All of us were kind of just trying to help out trying to find tools to break windows screaming across street for fire extinguishers, and just kind of anything we could do to get this person out of the car,” Perez added.

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The man was taken to a regional hospital for treatment. His condition is unknown.

Police said a few of the officers and bystanders involved in the rescue suffered minor scrapes and scratches, but were not seriously injured. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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