Immediately following a wreck that turned a vehicle into a ball of flame, team drivers David Fredericksen and Walter Letterman rushed to the aid of a baby girl and her grandmother who were trapped inside. The whole incident from the crash through the rescue was captured on the dash cam of the truck they were driving in.
An otherwise calm day on the road gets interrupted when, at 0:24, you can see the crash take place. It’s over in a flash and about 30 seconds later, the truck has come to a stop and you can see Fredericksen rushing forward with a fire extinguisher.
“We thought the people were dead,” said Fredericksen, “I was just praying that they were alive.”
Fredericksen doused some of the flames and opened the front passenger side door when he spotted the infant in the back seat. He pulled the infant out while others helped to extract the woman from the driver’s seat.
The driver suffered a broken leg, but was otherwise okay. Fredericksen said the infant appeared dazed, but she too was mostly unhurt.
Even though emergency vehicles arrived on the scene less than 3 minutes after the accident, if Fredericksen and the others at the scene had not been so fast to help, it likely could have been too late for the woman and her granddaughter.
The drivers’ bravery and quick thinking garnered attention when Fredericksen’s son posted the dash cam footage on YouTube. The video and story got national attention when news outlets including the “Good Morning, America” show picked it up. Fredericksen says that he hopes the coverage will shine a positive light on truck drivers.
“We’re often the first responders,” he said. “We get out of the truck with the fire extinguishers and the first-aid kits and try to help people until the police and firemen get there.”
Editor’s Note: The time stamp on the footage is incorrect. The accident occurred on August 11th 2014.
Image: screencapture from youtube