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Stranger saves Sacramento-area woman from burning car

Stranger saves Sacramento-area woman from burning car

A Sacramento-area woman was trapped inside a burning car on Interstate 80 earlier this week until a good Samaritan stepped in to help her. Kristine Smith says she, her husband and their granddaughter were driving on I-80 near the Riverside exit Wednesday night when something went wrong. “I just heard the noise below, I thought we had a flat tire,” Smith said. For her it was a struggle to get out as she had just had knee surgery – and the relatives who were with her could not help her. “It could have exploded at any time. It went so fast,” Smith said. “I didn’t think anyone would stop in this situation because the fire was so big.” But then Elton Ward came into the picture. Ward was driving with his daughter on I-80 and knew he had to stop. “We see this car in flames, so I’m like, this is crazy,” Ward said. in time. “Literally within 30 seconds, boom, first explosion, loud, big, big explosion. Then when that explosion happened, huge flames came out,” Ward said. Ward said Sacramento Metro Fire arrived on the scene a few minutes later to extinguish the fire. KCRA 3 captured Smith and Ward reunited on Saturday. They both said they were grateful to have met, despite the circumstances. Ward told KCRA 3 that even if no one else did, stopping to help Smith was the right thing to do. to try to help my people. So it’s somebody’s people,” Ward said. Parker Wilbourn, public information manager for the Sacramento Metro Fire District, praised Ward for his quick action. high likelihood that these victims perished in this vehicle fire,” Wilbourn said. Smith said she was fully aware of this miracle – and she is beyond grateful to Ward. “Thank the good Lord, he sent me a good Samaritan who stopped for me.” Smith and Ward said they now share a strong bond and plan to keep in touch. No one was injured in the car fire.

A Sacramento-area woman was trapped inside a burning car on Interstate 80 earlier this week until a good Samaritan stepped in to help her.

Kristine Smith says she, her husband and their granddaughter were driving on I-80 near the Riverside exit Wednesday night when something went wrong.

“I just heard the pop below, thought we had a flat tire,” Smith said.

Smith said whatever they hit caused the car to catch fire. For her, it was a struggle to get out as she had just had knee surgery – and the relatives who were with her could not help her.

“It could have exploded at any time. It went so fast,” Smith said. “I didn’t think anyone would stop in this situation because the fire was so big.”

But then Elton Ward came into the picture. Ward was driving with his daughter on I-80 and knew he had to stop.

“We see this car in flames, so I’m like, this is crazy,” Ward said.

Ward says he pulled Smith out of the burning car just in time.

“Literally within 30 seconds, boom, first explosion, loud, big, big explosion. Then when that explosion happened, huge flames came out,” Ward said.

Ward said Sacramento Metro Fire arrived on the scene minutes later to put out the fire.

KCRA 3 captured Smith and Ward reunited on Saturday. They both said they were grateful to have met, despite the circumstances. Ward told KCRA 3 that even if no one else did, stopping to help Smith was the right thing to do.

“We all have grandmothers, grandfathers, little nieces, nephews, brothers, whatever. If you all see my people, I want you to try to help my people. So that’s somebody’s people,” Ward said.

Parker Wilbourn, public information manager for the Sacramento Metro Fire District, praised Ward for his quick action.

“If they hadn’t pulled over and made that rescue, there’s a good chance those victims would have perished in that vehicle fire,” Wilbourn said.

Smith said she was fully aware of this miracle – and was beyond grateful to Ward.

“We are totally grateful for his help,” Smith said. “Thank you the good lord, he sent me a good samaritan who stopped for me.”

Smith and Ward said they now share a strong bond and plan to keep in touch. No one was injured in the car fire.