A UPS driver rescues a woman who was trapped in a burning car on a Los Angeles freeway. On Sept. 6, NBC Los Angeles reported that UPS driver Lawrence Sanchez sprang into action as soon as he saw an accident happen and huge flames engulf a truck involved.
"Three people were injured when the driver of a Lexus CT200 slammed into the back of the stalled pickup on the eastbound side of the Riverside County freeway, triggering an explosion and fire that trapped a passenger in the pickup," NBC Los Angeles reported. Sanchez quickly shielded the burning car with his truck and grabbed the fire extinguisher that he had.
The UPS driver rescues the woman without thinking twice. He said that the fire was extreme and very hot but he did the best that he could anyway. His quick-thinking and his bravery likely saved the woman's life.
"As the flames got bigger, I got my fire extinguisher from my truck. Some other good Samaritans had tried to pull the door, but they could not get it open. There's only so much you can do when it's that hot," explained Sanchez. "When she got out, her whole head was on fire, so I sprayed the fire extinguisher at her face to put out the flames. My fire extinguisher wasn't very big, so I did the best I could."
The UPS driver rescued the woman but she is still in the hospital with "major injuries." Further details about the woman were not immediately available. Despite her severe burns, she is expected to be okay. Chances are good that she will be thanking Mr. Sanchez in the future.
© Effie Orfanides 2013