Witnesses: Onlookers helped after LIE crash

First responders and civilians alike sprung into action after a Long Island Expressway crash involving 35 vehicles.

Witnesses say onlookers rushed to pull victims from vehicles.

Witnesses say onlookers rushed to pull victims from vehicles. (12/19/12)

YAPHANK - First responders and civilians alike sprung into action after a Long Island Expressway crash involving dozens of vehicles near exit 68 this afternoon.

Witnesses tell News 12 Long Island that onlookers rushed to pull victims from vehicles right before they burst into flames.

The crash left one person dead and dozens of others injured.

Jimmy Batjer, of Riverhead, said he rescued eight people after the accident.

"I jumped out and just ran out. Saw people hanging out of cars, bleeding," said Batjer. "There was a girl next to us, next to the truck that had a broken nose, The truck driver got pulled out. We just went down the line. There were people all over the place."

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