A man helped himself and got help from others to escape from a dangerous situation Sunday afternoon on Oley Turnpike Road in Exeter Township.

He lost control of his SUV on the wet road and slid into a tree in the 5500 block of the road, according to Exeter police Officer Christopher Miller.

The SUV was fully involved when first responders arrived and the driver was lucky to be alive, Miller said.

The fire started immediately after impact and the driver was able to pry the back window out with a club used to secure steering wheels, an old anti-theft device, Miller said.

"We really want to thank the good Samaritans, whoever they were, for helping to free him," Miller said of people who came to the driver's rescue. "It could have been tragic."

The driver, who was wearing his seat belt, was uninjured beyond some cuts to his hands incurred while getting out, Miller said.

Rescuers asked for fire police to respond to the fire call and closed Oley Turnpike Road after first responders heard explosions coming from the car.

The road was closed briefly between Moyer and Limekiln roads after the crash, which occurred about 3:15 p.m.

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