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Passers-by, including two active-duty Army soldiers, help rescue mom, daughter in I-93 rollover

MANCHESTER — Several good Samaritans — including two active-duty Army soldiers — helped state troopers save a woman trapped inside a car that caught fire after rolling over on Interstate 293 Tuesday, state police said.

Troopers found Michelle Maslanka, 35, of Laconia, trapped inside her Subaru Outback, which was resting on its roof about 5:15 p.m., after the car veered across the northbound stretch of highway near exit 8, hit a rock ledge and rolled over.

The car caught fire. Several other motorists, including Army Capt. Robert Burnham of the 12th Civil Support Team in Concord and Lee Kershaw of the U.S. Army Recruiting Office in Manchester, helped extinguish the flames while Trooper Juan Infante broke a front window to get to Maslanka, whose 6-year-old daughter had already been rescued, according to a news release.

City firefighters were able to get Maslanka out of the car when they arrived shortly afterward. Maslanka and her daughter were taken to Elliot Hospital for injuries that were not life-threatening, police said.


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