Two people were hurt in a single-vehicle collision in Amherstburg.

Amherstburg police believe alcohol was a factor in the overnight crash at the intersection of Thomas Road and Alma Street.

Police say the car left the road and crashed through a backyard fence. Gary Hunt lives nearby. He says the car burst into flames.

"I opened my window and you could see the flame,” says Hunt. “Just a wall of flame!"

Both people in the car were pulled out just before it started on fire. They were sent to hospital with serious injuries.

"Yeah they did (pull them out). I don't know how they did but I guess they did," says Hunt.

Amherstburg's deputy police chief Pat Palumbo credits the people who pulled the two occupants out of the flaming wreckage saying they should be considered heroes.

"Their actions were heroic, most people to put themselves in harms way like that because you don't know what's going to occur when a vehicle is in flame. It could explode. I've seen it happen," says Palumbo.

The accident is still under investigation.

Anyone with information about the crash is asked to contact the Amherstburg Police Service at 519-736-3622 or Windsor/Essex Crime Stoppers at 519-258-8477.