A 5-year-old boy managed to pull his younger brother to safety following a fiery big rig crash in Houston that left their father dead, authorities said Friday.
The crash occurred on North Freeway as the two boys and their father were in the big rig following behind another vehicle being driven by their mother, local television station KTRK reported.
The 5-year-old told authorities the big rig struck a guardrail and flipped over before catching fire, a sheriff’s official at the scene told the television station.
The boy was ejected from the big rig, but went back and managed to pull his 2-year-old brother out of the truck, the official said.
“He’s a trooper. He was ejected … he was sitting down and talking to us, giving us everyone’s name … He was asking about his father,” the official said.
The father was unable to get out of the big rig and died in the crash.
Both boys were taken to a local hospital with severe burns and injuries, but were expected to be OK.
The mother was apparently unaware the crash occurred behind her, KTRK reported.
Deputies were able to reunite her with her sons hours later.
The family had apparently been in the process of moving to a new home when the crash occurred.