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Hero who saved man from burning car after horror crash is rewarded for his bravery

A man who heroically rescued a passenger from a burning car after it crashed has been honoured for his bravery.

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The aftermath of the crash on Hagley Road West. Photo: SnapperSK

Brian Kiboma risked his own life to pull the front seat passenger from the Toyota Yaris after it hit hit street furniture in Hagley Road West, Harbourne, on the evening of January 11 last year.

The impact of the collision set the car ablaze, trapping three people inside.

Mr Kiboma and another member of the public were the first on the scene and they battled through the heat and flames to extract the man from the front seat before he was taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.

Once they had taken him to safety the men returned to the burning vehicle to try and save the other occupants but were beaten back by the flames. The other two men - Mohammed Luqman Ashraf, aged 28, and Mohammed Yasin, aged 24, both from Worcester - later died.

Two other men died in the crash. Photo: SnapperSK
The injured man was taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham after being rescued

Mr Kiboma has now received a commendation from West Midland Police's Chief Constable.

A police statement said: "They had no choice but to withdraw and focus their energies on providing first aid to the passenger they had pulled out.

"They demonstrated real bravery and thanks to their efforts, were able to save the life of that passenger.

In recognition of his bravery, Mr Kiboma has received a Commendation and Society for the Protection of Life from Fire Bronze medal from West Midlands Police Chief Constable Craig Guildford.