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Teenage hero stops runaway car on motorway by chasing it on foot

A young man in Austria is being hailed as a hero after he stopped a moving car on a busy motorway when the young female driver collapsed unconscious at the wheel.

Amin Khorbi, an 18-year-old mechanic apprentice was on his way to college on the Rheintal motorway between Wolfurt and Bregenz, in Vorarlberg, when he saw a series of cars driving slowly in front of him with their hazard warning lights on.

He said: "I realised that in front of them a car was driving along slowly but erratically and kept crashing down the side of the central reservation."

Khorbi later told police how he drove past the other cars, stopped his car and ran to the out-of-control vehicle on the motorway. He opened the car door on the passenger side and saw that the driver, a young woman, was unconscious.

He said: "People said it was brave but it was nothing, I just reached across, pulled the key out of the ignition, and stopped the car."

The woman driver was given first aid and taken to hospital where she is expected to recover although no further information was given.

Khorbi later said: "I didn't feel like a hero. I just saw that something was seriously wrong and, luckily, I was able to catch up with the vehicle because it wasn't going too fast. But it had the potential to become very dangerous if the car had suddenly veered away from the central reservation and back on to the highway. Then there could have been a serious accident."

A police spokesman said: "This was a very courageous and civic minded action. The woman had suffered a blackout and anything could have happened."

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