A Los Angeles Fire Department official said that two LAPD officers and some passers by were able to pull the driver and passenger out of the Mercedes before a fire crew could arrive on the scene. Angelinos Everett Sperling and Jamie Turner were among the group of people who freed the trapped driver and passenger from the burning car.
"The car was on fire and we couldn't get the windows busted open," said Sperling. "We were using a hammer and eventually we pulled the people out through the window."
"It was just a reaction, wasn't really even a thought," said Turner. "It was just, 'Oh, you got to help somebody.' I wouldn't want to see nobody on fire. I would want people to react the same way if I was on fire."
LAFD officials said that four vehicles were damaged and at least seven people were injured in the crash, including the Mercedes driver who suffered third-degree burns. The LAPD has not yet determined what caused the crash, and an investigation is ongoing.