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(MESQUITE, Texas) — The harrowing moment when police officers approach a burning car and break the window to save the unconscious driver was caught on video.

The dash camera from the patrol car captured the intense early Sunday morning rescue in Mesquite, Texas.

In the video, one officer punches the window of the vehicle — allowing him to open the driver’s door, while a second cops helps pull the seemingly unconscious driver out of the car. The officers can then be heard trying to communicate with the driver — and towards the end of the video, he appears to be responding to them, confirming that there was no one else in the car.

Footage from two police patrol cars that responded to the scene on a southbound service road on IH-30 was released by the Mesquite Police Department this afternoon.

The driver was identified by police as Hector Valles. Police said he was the only person in the vehicle.

Valles was transported to Baylor Hospital in Dallas and was treated for burns and internal injuries, police said.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation.

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