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Mason City man hailed a hero after saving woman from burning truck

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Jason Hahn saved a woman from a burning crash Monday in Mason City

MASON CITY, Iowa (KTTC) -- A Mason City man is being called a hero by many after he saved a woman from a burning truck Monday.

Jason Hahn was driving in rural Mason City near the intersection of 300th Street and Lark Avenue around 11:30 a.m. when he came across an overturned pickup truck.

Hahn said he could tell that the crash just happened because one of the tires of the truck was still spinning. He could see a woman hanging upside down in the drivers seat as flames and smoke started to engulf the vehicle.

Hahn said he was running on pure adrenaline when he tried to break her windshield by kicking it. That didn't work so he ran to his truck to get a shovel and broke the glass with it.

"She was yelling for me to help her," Hahn said. "The smoke was so thick. I got myself in the car, but it was hard to see her."

He was finally able to find her seatbelt, and he cut it with his knife. The woman then fell, and he tried to reach her, but the smoke made it hard to see.

"She wasn't yelling as loud because the smoke was getting to be too much," he said. "I got into the vehicle and was able to grab her hair and pull her out."

Hahn said the fire was getting intense and he knew he only had a few seconds to get her out.

"I thought you know, if I get burned or catch on fire, I can always get out of the way of the fire or whatever," he said. "But you know, she was stuck. She was hanging upside down. She had no way to get out. So I thought to myself, 'I'm going to do whatever it takes to get her out of there.'"

Another man helped Hahn pull her to safety. He said just shortly after they pulled her out, the truck exploded. Hahn received 12 stitches on his arm and was treated for smoke inhalation.

The woman was taken to MercyOne North Iowa by Mason City Fire Medic.

Hahn said he spoke with her Monday night, and she's in stable condition. She thanked him for saving her life. He said he never thought twice about helping her.

"That's just how I was brought up," he said.

The crash is under investigation.

Megan Zemple

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