Good Samaritans Save Woman In Burning Car

By Erika Okano
|  Thursday, Feb 24, 2011  |  Updated 8:01 AM PDT
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Good Samaritans Save Woman In Burning Car

Highway 24 in Orinda. Photo: Jonathan Yu on Flickr

Firefighters say four good Samaritans are the reason one Bay Area woman is alive this morning.

The San Jose Mercury News reports the woman crashed her car on the shoulder of Highway 24 in Orinda Wednesday afternoon. The woman was trapped inside and suddenly the car caught fire.

Drivers T.M. Aryan Pure III, Maria Connolly and Alvin Rovira were passing by at the time. They stopped. Pure pulled a fire extinguisher from his car and tried to put out the flames. Connolly tried to pry open the driver side door while Rovira began tossing wet dirt on the flames.

When the fire flared up, another passer-by, Brad Smith, pulled over a put it out with a fire extinguisher on his service truck. By the time firefighters arrived, the fire was out for good. It took firefighters eight minutes to get the woman out of the car. She was taken to the hospital.

Firefighters say if people had not stopped, the woman would not be alive this morning.

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