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Lucky escape for pair as car hits telegraph pole, ploughs into house and catches fire

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Two people have escaped death after their car hit a telegraph pole, ploughed into a house, overturned and caught fire.

The car ended up on its roof following the crash in Charlbury, Oxfordshire, on Tuesday evening.

A passer-by managed to help the driver and passenger escape from the vehicle before fire crews arrived to extinguish the blaze.

They walked away from the scene with minor injuries.

"The swift actions of a member of the public helped to prevent tragic consequences."

He said the car occupants were "extremely lucky to escape with minor injuries" despite the "level of impact".

– Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service manager