CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — A 28-year-old Marine is being credited with saving the life of an Okinawa man involved in a fiery traffic accident on the Okinawa Expressway.

Lance Cpl. Brent Spooner, a motor vehicle operator with the 9th Engineer Support Battalion, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, said he saw a car lose control in the southbound lane, between exits 3 and 4, and collide with a concrete bus stop about 9 p.m. on May 29.

According to a Marine Corps news release, he immediately pulled over to help and was one of the first people at the scene of the accident. The crashed car erupted into flames on impact and Spooner raced to extract the driver, Takashi Shinjo, 46, an NHK broadcasting station employee.

Spooner was assisted by Air Force Capt. Ronald J. Chastain and Ishikawa Police Capt. Hidenori Akamine, the release said.

Shinjo was hospitalized for injuries to his neck and ribs.

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