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Motorists credited with saving woman's life after fiery crash in Minnesota

Three people are being credited with saving the life Sunday of a Canadian woman whose van went off Interstate 35 near Sandstone, hit some trees and started on fire.

Three people are being credited with saving the life Sunday of a Canadian woman whose van went off Interstate 35 near Sandstone, hit some trees and started on fire.

Marie Francoise Hupalo, 67, of Thunder Bay, Ontario, was traveling southbound on the interstate when she veered off the roadway and due to her injuries she was unable to get out of the vehicle on her own.

Several people stopped to help and three of those were credited with pulling Hupalo from her vehicle as it began to burn and was eventually engulfed in flames.

Elissa and Josh Schnell and Sean Kehren were the passing motorists who helped rescue Hupalo, who was transported to North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale.

The State Patrol said they believe the three all played a vital role in saving Hupalo’s life by getting her out of the burning vehicle.

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The Hupalo family told the patrol they wished to thank everyone who was involved in the rescue, especially the people who helped get her out of the vehicle.

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