Good Samaritan saves driver of burning car

Published: Nov. 19, 2016 at 8:33 PM MST
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An ordinary drive home took a quick turn - after the driver saw another car engulfed in flames - with the passenger still inside.

That man is now safe and sound - thanks to the help of a few Good Samaritans.

The victim was an elderly man with limited mobility, but some bystanders were able to get him into his wheelchair and away from the fire.

Crews from the Rapid Valley Fire Department responded to the scene at the corner of Highway 44 and Anderson Road around 4:30 this afternoon.

Officials say the flames sparked from a mechanical malfunction.

One bystander says he's just happy he could help.

Kene Roberts, a bystander, said "If somebody needs help, you just have to go do what you have to do. It could've been anybody. We just wanted to make sure he was okay. We checked the rest of the car. He said he was by himself, so we knew right then that we had to get him away from the vehicle because it was completely engulfed by fire. I'm just happy he's okay. He seems to be fine, he was laughing, smiling."

Officials say the victim is okay and did not want treatment.