Watch: Five strangers recognised for saving family seconds before fiery explosion in Manawatu fatal car crash

Despite the flames, Murray Michie raced to the burning vehicle and started rescuing the family. Daughter Gabrielle, 15, managed to climb out through a rear window but sisters Hannah, 14, and Hayley, 11, remained trapped by their seatbelts. As flames from the engine began to spread into the passenger area and smoke billowed from the vehicle Michie crawled inside armed with a pocket knife from another passing motorist to cut the girls free.

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