An elderly man who was trapped inside a burning car owes his life to a group of strangers who ran over and braved the flames to rescue him.
Police say the 81-year-old man was driving down the highway in Pasco, Washington last Wednesday when he crashed his car. Flames broke out almost immediately and began to spread through the whole car.
The elderly driver tried desperately to escape but he was unable to get out of his car.
That's when a heroic group of good Samaritans driving by saw what was happening, stopped and ran toward the car, which was almost completely engulfed in flames.
Porter Ramm, one of the rescuers, spoke to KOMO News:
"We could feel the heat from the car 100 feet away, he was asking us to help him - and you don’t think, you just act at that point."
They braved the intense heat, smashed out the driver's side window with a hammer and pulled the man through the fire to safety.
Romm said if they had not acted quickly, the man would have burned to death.
"It's just kind of unreal to think that 30 to 40 seconds was the difference between life and death for this guy," he said. "About all he could say was 'thank you, thank you so much, you saved my life,'" Romm said.
By the time emergency responders arrived, the car was completely ablaze.
The elderly driver was uninjured, but he was taken to a local hospital to see if he had a medical condition that led to the crash.
None of the man's rescuers were injured. The lifesaving heroes stood together for a photo following the rescue, but they were modest about sharing their names.
"I'm just happy we were able to get there in time," Romm said.
KOMO News contributed to this report.