Bystanders braved thin ice to pull a Lake Mills man from his burning vehicle early Saturday, police said.
The Madison Police Department said a 41-year-old was driving south on John Nolen Drive at 2:32 a.m. when the vehicle crossed the median, traveled into oncoming traffic and went off the roadway striking a tree. The vehicle came to rest on the ice on Lake Monona.
Lt. Eric Tripke said the collision with the tree ruptured the vehicle's fuel tank, causing it to burst into flames.
Mitch Speigle and Drew Hanson just happened to be driving by.
?I haven?t experienced anything like that before in my life,? Hanson says.
The men immediately turned their car around to help.
?There was no time to think,? Hanson said. ?You just have to help someone, because he was in dire need of it. His life was at risk for sure.?
Speigle and Hanson attempted to pull the driver from his burning car, at first in vain.