A group of passersby sprang into action to rescue a driver who was trapped in a burning car following a solo-vehicle crash on a freeway transition road in Lynwood early Thursday, according to CHP.
The driver was transitioning between the northbound 710 Freeway and westbound 105 Freeway just before 1 a.m. when his vehicle went off the roadway, collided into a pole and burst into flames, according to the California Highway Patrol’s incident log.
The victim was then rescued by a group of passing motorists who stopped their cars to help once they saw the fiery wreck on the side of the freeway.
“I was just driving by, I see a big old fire, and then people were out here helping this guy out,” said Dante Chestnut, who was among those who assisted the driver.
He continued, “They asked me if I could help pull him away from the burning car, because it was about to blow up – the gas tank had blown up and everything while we were doing it – so I hopped out and pulled him away from the car.”
Chestnut added that the victim was conscious and talking, but appeared to be “all messed up.”
The CHP log confirmed that a group of passersby had taken the man out of the vehicle and away from the burning wreckage.
Paramedics arrived at the scene and transported the unidentified driver to a hospital. His condition was not immediately known.
The cause of the crash was under investigation.