COLUMBUS, Ind. (AP) — A central Indiana woman who was pulled from her burning sport-utility vehicle by a group of bystanders following a crash says her rescuers "are special people" who undoubtedly saved her life.

The (Columbus) Republic reports 50-year-old Timberly Trueblood was unconscious when four people rescued her Tuesday after her Jeep Liberty crashed into a tree in Columbus.

She told WXIN-TV from her hospital bed that they risked their lives when they approached her burning car after an apparent medical issue led to the crash about 40 miles (65 kilometers) south of Indianapolis.

Mike Brogdon of Franklin worked with three young men to rescue Trueblood.

Nineteen-year-old Matthew Luttrell smashed a window in the locked Jeep with a tire iron an onlooker provided, and the four rescuers pulled Trueblood from the burning SUV.