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Marine, friend help teen escape after crash in Brockton

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BROCKTON, Mass. (WHDH) - A Marine and his friend are being credited for saving a girl’s life after she was involved in a serious car crash.

The SUV was in rough shape after the 17-year-old driver hit a utility pole, parked car and a house.

Robert Orcutt, a Marine on leave and Purple Heart recipient, along with his friend Scott Lelakes jumped into action. Freeing the teen driver still trapped inside.

"It looked like she was unconscious at first. She was slumped over the steering wheel. We made sure there wasn't too much neck movement or anything like that. She had a few cuts. Took her out, had some people talking to her on the side,” Orcutt said.

"You see something happen I feel don't see it enough nowadays where people try to help. Everyone that was involved there, people in the house, even the neighbors, everyone ran out...I think it was just the thing to do,” Lelakes said.

Orcutt's training kicked in and made sure the driver was coherent, her neck was okay and the car was off. He said he's not a hero, and that everyone there helped make sure she was okay.

"I feel like this was an act of God. I had tears in my eyes. This was a miracle. She would have been dead,” Kirley Lewis, a witness of the crash, said.

Police say the teen was looking down to change the radio when she crashed. The driver is OK, but she was given a ticket.
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