A Lexus CT200 slammed into the back end of a pickup truck which had stalled in the eastbound lanes of the Riverside County 60 freeway in the Mira Loma section of Los Angeles. The collision left three people injured but things could have been much worse. The truck burst into flames and a female passenger was trapped inside the cab of the pickup.
UPS driver, Lawrence Sanchez slowed his vehicle as he drew near the stalled truck. Not believing his eyes, he watched as the black Lexus hit the stalled truck. The Lexus rebounded from the impact and hit a wall on the side of the busy highway.
Realizing this was a serious situation, Sanchez pulled his truck over behind the Lexus, protecting it and its injured river from being hit by anyone else. That was when he noticed the woman caught inside the burning truck.
The flames threatened to engulf the vehicle so Sanchez grabbed the fire extinguisher from his truck. Another passerby had stopped to help and tried to open the door but it was too hot and he couldn’t open it. Sanchez used the extinguisher to beat back the flames enough for the woman to make her escape.
As she exited, Sanchez saw that her head was on fire and he turned the extinguisher on her. The extinguisher he had wasn’t very big but he did what he could. It was the most horrifying experience in his thirty years of driving for UPS.
According to authorities, the female passenger sustained major injuries and was hospitalized. The driver of the truck and the driver of the Lexus sustained moderate injuries according to a spokesperson for the Riverside County Fire Department. One of the injured was taken away by helicopter.
When Sanchez was called a hero, he deferred saying the CHP guys are the real heroes because they do this stuff every day.