Three survive crash, fire with help from good samaritans

Published 12:00 am Monday, June 10, 2013

SPENCER — Good samaritans pulled a child and two adults from burning vehicles tonight after a collision on Interstate 85 at exit 81.
Bobby Fox, chief of Millers Ferry Volunteer Fire Department, said when his department arrived, all three victims were out of the vehicles and the anonymous good samaritans were getting into their cars and driving away, shunning the spotlight.
All victims were transported to Rowan Medical Center, where one adult woman was airlifted to another hospital. All are expected to survive.
The 12-year-old child and the other adult female had minor injuries, Fox said.
All injuries were sustained from the impact, not from the fire, he said.
The collision occurred when a minivan carrying the child and a woman stopped in the middle of the southbound lane of I-85 for an unknown reason. An SUV driven by a woman struck the stopped van going about 55 mph, according to the N.C. Highway Patrol, Fox said.
The impact ruptured the fuel tank on the minivan, which caught fire. Flames quickly spread to the SUV.
Fox said the mystery heroes saved several lives tonight.
“If you saw the vehicles, I would have expected multiple fatalities,” he said.
Read more in Tuesday’s Post.

Contact reporter Emily Ford at 704-797-4264.