A driver trapped in his burning, overturned vehicle was pulled to safety by two Good Samaritans early Sunday morning in Sherman Oaks.
According to local police reports, the crash took place in the northbound lanes of the 405 Freeway near the 101 Freeway interchange where a vehicle smashed into the center divider and rolled onto its roof. Shortly after the vehicle burst into flames.
Two witnesses to the crash came to the aid of the driver, 23 year old Timothy Truc, trapped inside, cutting through his seatbelt and pulling him away from the fiery wreck that was his car.
“I had a knife on me, so I pulled him out and the car started blowing up!” said one of the rescuers, Khoren Mourjhian, who works as a security guard.
Jason Abraham, the other man who pulled the driver to safety added “The car was on fire and I didn’t know if it was going to explode. We just needed to get him out as soon as possible.”
Firefighters were called to the scene to put out the flames and extinguish any chance for an explosion. Crews were also on hand to remove the charred vehicle from active lanes.
Truc was taken to Northridge Hospital for the treatment of moderate injuries, and was later arrested by local police on suspicion of driving under the influence. No one else was on board the vehicle at the time of the accident, and no other vehicles are believed to be involved.
The driver involved is both lucky to have avoided causing a more serious accident involving other motorists, and that two witnesses were nearby to pull him to safety, as driving under the influence of alcohol often ends with serious or life ending consequences.
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