An accident almost ended in tragedy last week, but a seven-month-old baby is alive today thanks to the heroic actions and quick thinking of a truck driver.
It was Friday night when Andre Harris saw a plume of smoke on Highway 171 outside Tuscaloosa, AL. About 60 yards down the hill was a car which had flipped upside-down.
“I noticed a pair of headlights and as I got closer, I saw a flame coming up from between the engine compartment and the firewall,” Harris said according to Tuscaloosa News. “I noticed a lady running up, so I popped on the beacons and asked if anyone was in the car.”
The lady was 23-year-old Alexus Jenkins who had swerved while trying to avoid hitting a deer. And inside the car was her 7-month-old son.
“I was screaming, I was asking him to please get my baby out of the car,” Jenkins said. “I had gotten him unhooked from the car seat, but I wasn’t able to pull him out.”
Harris says he hardly knows what happens next.
“Next thing I knew, I was down the hill trying to bust the glass with my hand,” he said. “I got it broken and was reaching in the car, literally fumbling around. I couldn’t see because of the smoke. I felt a tiny leg and just started pulling.”
Harris was able to get the baby out of the car. He pulled both the baby and Jenkins up the hill to get them out of the way in case there was an explosion.
“We got to the top of the hill, I looked back and the whole compartment where the baby had been was engulfed in flames. It wasn’t until the adrenaline wore off that I’d realized what happened.”
His friends and coworkers have been calling him a hero, but Harris says that he’s just happy to have been in the right place at the right time.
“If we’re put in a position to be a blessing to someone I think we should take the opportunity,” said Harris.