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This rural carrier saved a driver and her passenger from a vehicle fire

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Newman, IL, Rural Carrier Keri VanEtta

Rural Carrier Keri VanEtta was driving along her Newman, IL, route in December when another vehicle passed her, leaving a trail of black smoke.

The driver appeared to be unaware of the problem, so VanEtta safely caught up with the vehicle and motioned for her to pull over.

VanEtta also stopped, called 911 and helped the driver and her passenger exit the vehicle.

After VanEtta and the two women moved a safe distance, they watched as the car became engulfed in flames.

“I think you just saved my life,” the driver told VanEtta.

Firefighters arrived and extinguished the blaze.

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