Firefighters extinguish a car fire that started after the car left the road near Hyatt Lake and struck a tree. [Submitted photo]

Samaritans save teen from flames

A Klamath Falls teen who wrecked his Subaru is lucky to be alive, police say, thanks to two passers-by who pulled him from the burning wreckage.

Zackary Komm, 18, was airlifted to Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center Monday evening with both legs broken and minor burns after two good Samaritans pulled him out of his burning car near Hyatt Lake, according to Sgt. Julie Denney with the Jackson County Sheriff's Office. 

At just after 6 p.m. Monday, Komm had been driving his 2005 Subaru Impreza at "excessive speed" when he lost control of the sedan, which left the roadway and hit a tree in the 7900 block of Hyatt-Prairie Road, according to Denney. No other vehicles were involved in the wreck.

Denney didn't know the identities of the two rescuers or where they were from, but she said the vehicle had begun burning by the time the men pulled Komm out of the car. 

The men who rescued Komm suffered minor burns, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Komm would not have survived the crash without the Samaritans' help, Denney said. Because of the injuries Komm sustained during the crash, he "couldn't get out of the vehicle on his own," she said.

“Usually when we see a crash like this, it’s a fatal crash, and looking at the pictures you’d assume that.”

Ashland Fire & Rescue, Greensprings Fire and Oregon Department of Forestry all assisted with the rescue and efforts to contain the fire.

— Reach reporter Nick Morgan at 541-776-4471 or Follow him on Twitter at @MTCrimeBeat.

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