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Onlookers save motorcyclist pinned under burning car

09/13/2011 01:10 EDT | Updated 11/13/2011 05:12 EST

A man in a suit, construction workers and a female student are among about a dozen people being credited with bravery after lifting a crumpled car off a young man whose motorcycle went up in flames in a collision on a Utah street.

Dramatic video shows the number of bystanders growing by the second Monday as they assemble to help lift the BMW off 21-year-old Brandon Wright, and then pull him to safety as flames shoot into the air.

Now police in Utah are searching for the individuals who helped save Wright's life before emergency crews arrived.

Jeff Curtis, assistant chief of the police department in Logan, Utah, is quoted on CNN's website as saying It was a "life-saving move that the Logan Police Department does not want to go unnoticed."

The accident occurred near the Utah State University campus in Logan.

Motorcyclist undergoes surgery

Authorities say the accident happened when the motorcycle collided with a car pulling out from a parking lot.

After the crash, gas spilled out of the motorcycle and ignited, engulfing the motorcycle and front part of the car in flames, police said.

Somehow, Wright ended up stuck underneath the BMW.

While some bystanders worked together to help tilt the car upwards to be able to get to Wright, others used fire extinguishers from the college campus to help douse the flames.

Wright was taken to hospital in critical condition. Police said he underwent surgery Monday evening and was in stable condition.

The driver of the BMW suffered minor injuries..

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