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Truck Driver Saves Mother, Infant From Fiery Crash

GULFPORT, Miss. -- Last Monday, a Lincoln Towncar carrying a woman and her 1-year-old granddaughter crashed into a semi tractor-trailer while merging on I-10 near Gulfport, Mississippi.

The crash and explosions, shown in dash-cam video by truck driver David Fredericksen, appeared potentially fatal but Fredericksen hurried into action. He had grabbed a fire extinguisher, doused the flames and helped pull the woman and child from the burning car.

Fredericksen's son, wrote this description on YouTube:

"A car t-bones a semi truck on I10 near Biloxi, Mississippi. The car struck the fuel tank of the semi causing a large fire ball. The doors of the car were jammed shut and the driver suffering a broken leg could not exit the vehicle.

"Luckily my father had a fire extinguisher on hand to fight back the flames and give enough time to pull the driver and her 1 year old granddaughter out of the flaming vehicle. Once the passengers are free from the vehicle the flames rapidly grow in strength consuming the vehicle.

"Thankfully my father had the presence of mind, bravery, and forethought of carrying a fire extinguisher, to be the first person on scene to risk his own life in order to possibly save another and to inspire others and lead them into taking action. Everyone involved in the rescue effort is a hero in my books."

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Reached by phone, David Fredericksen said he doesn't consider himself a hero.

"Really what I feel is when I first got out of the truck, I was praying that they wouldn't be dead,"  Fredericksen  said. "I just wanted to put the fire out, but when I saw they were alive, I was like 'SWEET!'"

Fredericksen said, as he approached the car, he saw the woman desperately trying to kick out the door, despite a broken leg.

Once he had the door open, he noticed a baby girl in the back seat. Her car seat had been thrown to the other side of the car, which remarkably also cleared her from the immediate danger of the flames.

Fredericksen's co-driver also got involved, and pulled the baby free while Fredericksen helped the woman from the front seat.

Fredericksen wants people to take away a simple message from this tragedy: "I trusted in God when I went there. It could've blown up and killed me. He's got a plan for me. My actions were because of my love for God and love for people," he said. "If anyone learns anything from it, I want them to know, if they see these trucks out there, they're not bad people with aggressive drivers. They're good people."

Source: FOX 17

 
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