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3 men pull a woman out of a burning car after a crash on I-75

Posted at 12:08 PM, Jan 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-27 12:08:04-05

GIBSONTON, Fla. —The Florida Highway Patrol said a 40-year-old woman was pulled out of her burning vehicle by good samaritans on Satuday morning.

The crash happened around 6:30 a.m. near mile marker 250 in Hillsborough County.

Clayton Trask, 21, said he was driving on I-75 near Gibsonton when he noticed the burning car.

"I could not see her inside the vehicle, only could see her feet. She was trying to kick the door open, very scary moment for her," said Clayton Trask.

According to FHP, the 40-year-old woman pulled over on the side of the roadway after a mechanical issue with her car. Her hazard lights weren't on and another driver who didn't see her crashed into her vehicle, according to state troopers.

The woman's car caught on fire.

"My coworker Aldo, I told him to grab a crowbar or something metal. He ended up grabbing a piece of rebar and breaking the window. At that point, people dragged her out of the car. Her hair was on fire," said Trask.

According to a crash report, both drivers were transported to local hospitals.

"The other driver seemed okay. She had burns on her face, on her hands and on her feet, other than that she was okay," said Trask.

Trask said he feels fortunate he was able to help.

"I would have passed by with seeing her in the vehicle, I would just think about it on and on. I wouldn't be able to sleep at night. I just knew, I had to do something," said Trask.

Trask said at least 3 other people helped rescue the woman.

FHP troopers said the woman was under the influence of alcohol and charges are pending.