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Canadian woman praises rescuer in Thruway crash

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— A Canadian woman who survived a wrong-way crash on the Thruway is crediting an Albany County man for saving her and her 4-month-old baby from the fiery wreckage.

Mike Curtis of Glenmont was working early Friday morning as a bouncer at a sports bar near Exit 21B of the Thruway when a northbound car driven by a local man smashed into a southbound minivan driven by Karen Weller of Hamilton, Ontario.

Weller is praising Curtis for running to the crash scene with a fire extinguisher and using it to put out the flames. He then removed Weller and her 4-month-old baby from the wreckage, WNYT-TV reports.

Weller’s passenger, 50-year-old Carol Dion of Stony Creek, Ontario, was killed in the crash, along with the wrong-way driver.

Weller’s baby remains hospitalized in Albany.

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