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Hernando County man reunited with Good Samaritans who rescued him from fiery wreck

Posted at 11:26 PM, Apr 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-18 08:39:40-04

HERNANDO COUNTY, Fla. -- A fiery crash caught on camera nearly killed a Hernando County man back in November. On Wednesday, the crash survivor got to meet the strangers who jumped in to pull him out of the wreck.

"I should not be here," said Andy Biggart, the crash survivor.

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Biggart remembers being trapped inside a fireball only seconds after crashing into some trees back in November. As fast as the fire took over the car, a group of good Samaritans rushed to the scene.

"I just heard a loud crash," said Allen Sherrod, a witness.

Sherrod was working nearby at the Nature Coast Marina in Spring Hill.

“Everybody just kind of fell into place and started doing what they could do to help,” Sherrod said.

“These guys were on top of it ripping the car apart with their bare hands," Biggart said.

A group of commercial fishermen then used fire extinguishers and crow bars to free Biggart.

"These men are selfless," Biggart said. "They're brave. I owe them everything that I'll never be able to repay."

On Wednesday, at a fundraiser for his mounting medical bills, Biggart took the change to say thank you.

"When I count my blessings, I definitely count you guys twice," he told the rescuers.

Biggert met each person who risked their life to save him.

"I just keep thinking about how incredibly lucky I am for the love and support that's gotten me from there to here," Biggart said.

The car's engine crushed his right leg and Biggart is now relearning how to walk with a prosthetic.

"It could have been so much worse," he said.

The recovery process is a long, grueling one but Biggart knows he was so close to not making it at all.

"You know, there are some hard times," he said. "That's when you family and friends, [and] obviously complete strangers, come to your aid and show you what they can do."