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'This heroic act undoubtedly saved the life of the occupant'

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Firefighters said the Chevy Tahoe hit "multiple vehicles" and a light pole and utility box before catching fire near the intersection of Gateway Boulevard and Oswald West Avenue. (Cottage Grove Police)

COTTAGE GROVE, Ore. - Police officers and bystanders pulled a man from the burning wreckage of his SUV Tuesday morning, South Lane County Fire and Rescue said.

"This heroic act undoubtedly saved the life of the occupant," the fire department said in a statement.

Firefighters said the Chevy Tahoe hit "multiple vehicles" and a light pole and utility box before catching fire near the intersection of Gateway Boulevard and Oswald West Avenue.

"The cause is under investigation at this time and appears to be the result of a medical emergency involving the driver," the fire department reported.

Police said the driver lost control while pulling into the Jack in the Box drive-thru on Gateway Bouleaverd.

"It is believed that the 72 year old male driver suffered a medical condition," The vehicle lost control, drove over the curb striking several vehicles and a utility box.

The driver's identity and current condition were not immediately available.