Firefighters en route to hospital save man from burning car

The two firefighters stopped and rendered aid when they noticed the car on fire on a highway


By FireRescue1 Staff

FRANKFORT, Ky. — While en route to a hospital with a patient Saturday morning, two firefighters noticed a burning vehicle on a highway.

The State Journal reported that a collision between two vehicles caused a car to hit a concrete barrier, roll over and catch fire. The crash had not been called in yet.

Frankfort Fire and EMS Chief Eddie Sloane said the ambulance crew, firefighter-EMT Sam Basse and firefighter-paramedic Wes Clevinger, stopped and rendered aid. Their patient inside the ambulance was stable.

"I guess it was just right place, right time," Basse said. "It was just one of those things where you have to take immediate action because the other car was fully involved and there was cracking and popping going on. Magnesium from the truck started going all over the place. We were very fortunate we were in the right place at the right time."

Both drivers were transported to the hospital; the driver of a pickup truck was charged with DUI and first-degree assault.

"They did a really good job," Chief Sloane said. "The timing was great that they came upon it at the time they did. A few seconds later and they would not have been able to do something."

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