North Carolina man saves fellow motorist from burning wreck

A North Carolina man is lucky to be alive today after he crashed his pickup head-on into a school bus early this month and was dragged from the fiery wreckage by a quick-thinking witness.

According to FOX8, a pickup truck driven by Terry McCariney collided head-on with a school bus on September 6 at the intersection of Polo Road and North Cherry Street in Winston-Salem. Upon impact, McCariney's Ford F-150 got wedged beneath the bus's front bumper and burst into flames, trapping him inside.

Leonard Rogers drove by the scene of the crash minutes after it happened, and without thinking stopped to lend a hand.

"I seen the guy trapped in the truck when we pulled up and the truck was on fire and my first instinct was to do whatever I could to help him out," Rogers told FOX8.

At first, Rogers assisted police use hand-held fire extinguishers to slow the fire, but McCariney was still trapped inside his truck. Rogers then ran to his truck, grabbed a tow chain from the bed, and dragged McCariney's burning truck from beneath the school bus so he could be extracted from the crumpled cab.

"We were moving so fast it was like were were in a race, which we were, to try and get him out and we just didn't think about anything," Rogers said. "The main concern was trying to get him out without him getting burned."

McCariney was rushed to a nearby hospital where he was treated for non-life-threatening injuries. Only two children were aboard the bus at the time of the crash, and neither of them were injured. The bus driver, John Lester James, faces a charge of safe movement violation-failure to yield to the right of way for his part in the incident.

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