Good Samaritans pull man from burning car after crash

A man had to be pulled from his car by bystanders when it caught fire after a crash Wednesday morning, March 13, 2019. (photo courtesy IFD)
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INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — An Indianapolis man now being called a hero is sharing details of his daring rescue in a car fire.

It happened just before 10 a.m. Wednesday on Burdsell Parkway near Harding Street on Indy’s west side.The 43-year-old male driver struck a tree. There are still parts of his car at the scene. Pasha Britt, also 43, told Eyewitness News he didn't give a second thought about coming to the rescue.

A man had to be pulled from his car by bystanders when it caught fire after a crash Wednesday morning, March 13, 2019. (photo courtesy IFD)

Since the incident, Britt has become the talk of his neighborhood after helping another driver identified as Tim Workman pull the injured driver out of harm's way. The man was trapped inside his burning car that struck the tree.

Photographs from the Indianapolis Fire Department shows emergency crews on scene and the wrecked 2009 Buick Regal still smoking.

Both Workman and Britt told emergency personnel they witnessed the driver suddenly swerve through traffic, run a red light and slam head on into the tree.

Britt was on his way to drop his daughter off at school when they witnessed the crash as others called 911.

"Driving up the street kind of fast, as he ran the red light going around another car I observed him hit a tree and his car caught on fire," Britt said.

Here is the call from a woman who witnessed the car fire and rescue:

CALLER: "A car just ran into a tree. The person is unconscious. They are trying to pull them out. We need fire and ambulance."
DISPATCHER: "Are they trapped in the vehicle at all?"
CALLER: "Yes, yes."

A man had to be pulled from his car by bystanders when it caught fire after a crash Wednesday morning, March 13, 2019. (photo courtesy IFD)

A man in the area also called for help. During his call, the car went from smoking to sudden flames.

CALLER: "A car just went head on with a tree."
DISPATCHER: "OK."
CALLER: "The car is steaming and smoking...There are several people trying to get him out of the car. The car is on fire! The car just went into flames!"

The photos also show the front end of the car smashed into the driver's seat. That left little room for rescue.

"We broke the front seat trying to get him out because his legs were lodged in there. When we pulled the seat out the back of it broke, so it caused the whole seat to tip over and his feet was stuck underneath the steering wheel," said Britt. "We just had to hurry up and get him out."

Paramedics arrived on the scene. Britt watched as they helped the driver regain consciousness. They transported the 43-year-old to the hospital. Firefighters were able to quickly put out the flames on his car.

Britt believes the man suffered a medical emergency while driving west on Burdsal Parkway, so helping came naturally, especially since this was not his first car wreck rescue. Britt told Eyewitness News about the time he helped get a woman out of her car that had overturned. He believes he was just in the right place at the right time Wednesday morning to help someone again.

"I was able to help. I wasn't going to let him burn up. It might have been me in the car,” said Britt.

Britt also said that since emergency crews took over the scene he really never learned the victim's name. But he hopes they can meet again one day, obviously under much better circumstances.