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Halifax transit driver, officer pull driver to safety after car flips, catches fire and explodes

Halifax Regional Police say the crash happened early Friday morning, around 1 a.m., at the intersection of Upper Water Street and Valour Way in downtown Halifax. Ashley Field/Global News

A person is in hospital with life-threatening injuries after the car they were driving flipped on its roof and caught fire.

Halifax Regional Police say the crash happened Friday morning, at around 1 a.m., at the intersection of Upper Water Street and Valour Way in downtown Halifax.

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According to a news release, police received a report that a vehicle was on its roof and on fire, while the driver was trapped inside.

A Halifax Transit bus driver and an officer broke a window and pulled the driver out just before the vehicle exploded, say police.

The driver, the only person in the vehicle at the time, was taken to hospital by ambulance.

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Police say both alcohol and speed are believed to be factors in the collision. Impaired driving charges are expected.

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