Virginia man, age 65, saves man from I-64 car fire

Published: Feb. 13, 2016 at 11:34 PM EST
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A man rescued a driver from a burning car after a serious wreck on Interstate 64 in Henrico County.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that the car was traveling west on the interstate at about 4:15 a.m. on Saturday when it ran off the road and struck a sign post.

Henrico Fire Capt. Daniel Rosenbaum said a 65-year-old man nearby saw the car smoking and heard the driver screaming for help. He ran to the car and pulled the driver out, just before the car burst into flames.

The driver was transported to a nearby hospital with injuries Rosenbaum described as "significant."

Henrico Fire units responded to Interstate 64 Saturday morning for the report of a traffic crash at 4:13. A vehicle traveling west of 64 ran off the road and struck a sign post. First arriving fire units were on scene in five minutes and found a vehicle fully involved in flames. The driver of the vehicle was located in the ditch near the vehicle.

Crews were able to extinguish the car fire and at the same time treat and transport the driver to MCV. The driver had significant injuries.

Before Henrico Fire crews arrived, a 65 year old Henrico citizen arrived at the accident just after it occurred. He noticed the vehicle was smoking heavily and the driver was screaming for help to get out. The citizen ran to the passenger side of the car and pulled the driver of the vehicle out and away from the vehicle. Just after the driver was pulled out the vehicle it burst into flames. After speaking with police about the accident the citizen continued on to work for the day.

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