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Man uses 'superhuman' strength to bend car door and save driver from fire

A Minnesota man has been dubbed a "superhuman" after bending the door of a burning car and pulling a driver to safety.

Bob Renning, 52, spotted the vehicle on fire on a busy road and tried to flag down the driver Michael Johannes.

The burning car was flagged down by Renning on the I-35 near New Brighton and firefighters later arrived to distinguish the blaze. Credit: Facebook/Minnesota State Patrol

Both cars pulled over but Johannes' vehicle immediately became engulfed with smoke and the electronic locks and windows failed.

The driver from Minneapolis unsuccessfully tried to kick the door down and free himself from the burning car.

Mr Renning rushed to help and immediately began to tear the driver's door towards the ground, causing glass in the window to shatter, before pulling Mr Johannes clear of the flames.

Mr Renning used "superhuman powers" to tear the locked car door in half. Credit: Facebook/Minnesota State Patrol

But the fast-acting motorist told the Minneapolis Star Tribune he "has no clue" how he bent the steel door in half.

"I'm just a slightly overweight Air Force Sergeant, for crying out loud," he joked.

Trooper Zachary Hill, of Minnesota State Patrol said Mr Renning had shown "superhuman strength", adding: "I don't think I could take a crowbar and fold the door like he did."

He did an extraordinary deed, bending a locked car door of a burning car in half to extricate a trapped person.

He deserves any and all commendation for his extraordinary life-saving measure that kept another man from burning alive.

Despite efforts from firefighters, Mr Johannes' car was completely destroyed by the flames. Credit: Facebook/Minnesota State Patrol

Mr Johannes said: "Thirty seconds later and I would have been done. It was a good thing I didn't have my family in there."

He suffered only slight smoke inhalation and minor cuts from the incident but his car was completely destroyed by the flames.