Dashcam captures truckers saving grandmother and child from fiery crash

By Greg Grisolano, Land Line staff writer | Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Dashcam footage showing two truckers coming to the rescue of a grandmother and her grandchild is going viral.

The video footage, which surfaced Monday on the automotive blog Jalopnik, was taken following a crash between a Lincoln Town Car and another tractor trailer that occurred Aug. 11 on Interstate 10 near mile marker 34 in Gulfport, Miss.

According to the police report, the driver of the Town Car, 51-year-old Carolyn Taylor of Gulfport, was attempting to merge onto I-10 from an on-ramp when she lost control of her vehicle. It struck the fuel tank of a 1997 Freightliner FLD driven by Scott Swanstrom of Saucier, Miss. The collision caused Taylor’s vehicle to burst into flames and spin out into the right two lanes of traffic on the interstate.

The dashcam was in the cab of a tractor-trailer carrying truckers David Fredericksen and Walter Freeman Jr. The video captures the fiery explosion and shows both men almost immediately exiting the cab with a fire extinguisher. Other passersby stopped to help as well.

Both Taylor and her 1-year-old grandchild were pulled from the wreckage alive.

Gulfport police Sgt. Damon McDaniel described the trucker’s actions as “pretty heroic.”

“After watching that video, you would assume somebody would be deceased in that crash,” McDaniel said in a phone interview with Land Line on Tuesday. “We have a fully engulfed vehicle, and we have a truck driver exit his vehicle, jump out and try to render aid. And lives were saved. I say that’s pretty heroic.”

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