(KARE)  A Minneapolis man says he owes his life to a fellow driver who pulled him from a burning SUV.

Robert Renning of Woodbury was headed southbound on Interstate 35W Sunday evening when he noticed a vehicle driving near him was on fire. 

He flagged down the motorist - Michael Johannes of Minneapolis - but Johannes had already pulled over.

"I knew something was up. I saw smoke in the back and all of the sudden my speedometer went to zero. I hit the brakes and there was no brakes and I pulled over to the side and it locked me in. I started kicking because there was smoke," said Johannes. "It was 30 seconds, I would have been gone, just like that."

That's when Renning sprang into action. He ran to the car and bent the locked door in half.

"He bent the door with his bare hands.That was him. It was no tool," said Johannes. "It shattered the glass and they were able to pull me out."

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