Passersby rescue drivers from burning trucks after two crashes

| 10/24/2011

A trucker who crashed on southbound Highway 101 in San Francisco early Wednesday morning, Oct. 19, had a guardian angel he’d never met.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported that when 52-year-old Michael Finerty swerved to avoid a wreck, his tractor-trailer overturned and burst into flames.

Finerty was able to get out of the cab, but collapsed unconscious in a pool of diesel fuel near the burning truck.

22-year-old Keenia Williams, who was driving her daughter to school, pulled to the shoulder, jumped out, and dragged Finerty away from the flames.

He survived with minor injuries. Williams said as they were loading him onto the ambulance, the trucker turned and said, “I will never forget you.”

And for the second time in as many weeks, a trucker who crashed – and whose rig was on fire – has been rescued by passersby.

The latest incident happened Sunday morning, Oct. 23, on Interstate-29 in Council Bluffs, IA.

KCRG-TV reported a trucker lost control and hit a bridge support, causing the saddle tanks to rupture and catch fire.

Several motorists stopped and used a pry bar to get the door open and pull the trucker out.