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A DeKalb County sheriff’s deputy was pulled from his crashed police cruiser just before it caught fire Friday night.

Deputy Brady Thomas was responding to assist Butler officers on a residential alarm call just before 8 p.m., when his route along Indiana 8 was blocked by a train on County Road 61 near the SDI plant. Thomas turned around to go south on County Road 61, as he neared the intersection of Indiana 8 and County Road 59, he began to slow his cruiser but didn’t get it slowed enough to make a left turn.

He skidded across the intersection and landed in a ditch, hitting a large culvert, according to a report from the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department.

Thomas suffered a broken right ankle and bruised ribs.

He was treated and released at a hospital.

Three people in the area, Storm Evans, Codi Mumma and Deeanda Holtzberg saw the car in the ditch and helped Thomas from the vehicle, which then caught on fire. The report did not say where the three people were from.