Trucker runs straight towards fiery crash – dash cam captures moment he opens the car door

People often display their true colours and real character in life threatening moments, professional truck driver David Fredericksen, is exactly that. David witnessed a car travelling at 70mph collide with an 18-wheeler’s gas tank as he drove along the I-10 Freeway in Gulfport, Mississippi.

Needless to say, a catastrophe occurred with a fireball and clouds of black smoke erupting from the carnage.

This heroic truck driver in Mississippi raced towards a blazing car wreck on the freeway without a second thought to save the driver and her one-year-old granddaughter, while others stayed in the safety of their cars and watched.

Hero: David Fredericksen jumps out of the truck and runs towards the Lincoln with fire extinguisher in his hand

In Fredericksen’s own words: “I just caught a glimpse of the front grill of a car that looked like it was going in the wrong direction. It was a pretty big explosion — and then the road, the car, everything — was on fire.”

Walter Letterman, Frederickson’s partner, thought all must be dead.
Frederick himself feared his pal was right, but at the same time knew he had to do something. He stopped his vehicle a safe distance away, grabbed his fire extinguisher and ran towards the inferno.

Saved: In the red circle, Fredericksen and his friends have managed to pull the little girl and grandmother from the burning wreck to safety

Fredericksen did his best to get the flames under control upon reaching the site of the crash.

He said: “When I got out of the truck and I pulled the pin [of his fire extinguisher], I just automatically started praying, ‘God please don’t let me have to deal with somebody halfway burned alive, screaming, or have to see kids in here. I mean I didn’t want to see something like that. My first reaction was that they were dead.

Fortunately, he was wrong. In the midst of the terror and chaos, he caught a glimpse of something that commanded his attention. In an interview he said,“I saw this little head pop up in the back window, and immediately, I thought, ‘Wow, they’re alive!

Bravery: Inspired by their friend, Fredericksen's co-drivers burst from the truck to aid their friend who is fighting the flames with his fire extinguisher

It turned out a 51-year-old woman and a toddler, who later transpired to be the woman’s grandchild, were trapped inside. “We noticed there was a lady in the front, kicking the front seat – the door, trying to get out, and when we opened the door, I noticed a 1-year-old little girl in the back seat,”Fredericksen explained.

I heard the metal bending. I’m a pretty good-sized guy, and if you watch the video, you can see that I’m struggling pretty hard to get it open.”

Eventually the police arrive and Fredericksen and his friends and those they rescued can be seen to the right by the verge

Using all his strength, and calling for help from a higher power, Fredericksen doggedly fought on. He asked God for a miracle, and it appears the big man answered.Without minutes, other motorists had come to help him, and together they managed to wrench the door open.

“Then, in the back seat, that little head, I saw it pop up again, and out of the corner of my eye, I saw some other people showing up, and so I reached into the back seat, and I grabbed the little girl. I reached in and she grabbed me around the neck. “She was pretty happy when I grabbed her out of there.”

Inferno: The truck driven by Fredericksen comes to a halt as the devastation wrought by the crash is left strewn across the freeway

Both the toddler and her grandmother were whisked to safety, just in the nick of time. No sooner had they left the vehicle than did it go up in flames, leaving only a husk of blackened, charred metal.

Scott Swanson, the man who was driving the truck that was involved in the accident, admitted: “I don’t know how we all made it through that.”.

Adding to the mystery of how things managed to turn out as well as they did, Fredericksen wasn’t burned by the metal, despite touching the car with his bare hands.

Not a second thought: David Fredericksen said that he did what anyone else would have done - despite evidence to the contrary filmed on his dashcam

“The car was on fire, and I didn’t burn my hands. It wasn’t hot,” Fredericksen said. He believes God intervened, using him to help rescue the two victims.

I believe that He protected me and protected them. If I had been twenty seconds sooner, I would have been down the road. If it would have been ten seconds sooner, it would have been me she hit. I’ve never met that lady, but I am just very happy that I was able to help her that day. It seemed surreal that they were okay. I mean, I didn’t think anyone could survive that, truthfully.”

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