Nick's Towing Service driver John Tashian of Paramus was returning from a job in Newark when he saw the burning vehicle just off the road in Kearny at 2:15 a.m. Sunday, said his boss, Nicholas F. Testa.
Tashian called a Nick's Towing Service dispatcher who, in turn, notified the Turnpike Authority. He then ran to the car to help get the driver out.
They had gotten a safe distance away when it went up in flames, Testa said.
Kearny firefighters doused the blaze.
New Jersey State Police didn't have to call a tow truck, of course. Tashian brought it to Testa's tow yard in Rutherford.
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