PALM BAY, Fla. – A group of good Samaritans teamed up with police officers to form a human chain to pull a trapped driver from a burning car that had plunged down an embankment.
Over the weekend, a Florida man’s SUV burst into flames after he crashed the vehicle and it veered down a steep embankment.
A group of bystanders immediately jumped into action.
Some of the bystanders ran across the street to a local hotel and grabbed a fire extinguisher, while others formed a human chain from the road to the vehicle, WESH reports.
Police officers quickly arrived on scene and helped the good Samaritans rescue the trapped driver.
One bystander, Tom Sais, broke the SUV’s rear window and crawled inside to help the man.
Sais said he found the driver dangling upside down, WESH reports.
“He wrapped both arms around the seat belt and he said, ‘Leave me alone,'” Sais told the station.
With the vehicle still burning, the injured man was pulled out with the help of bystanders and police officers, who had formed a human chain to help the man up the embankment.
Cellphone video captured the whole thing.
According to WESH, the injured driver became combative and officers had to physically restrain him.
He was transported to a local hospital for treatment.
Police are still investigating if the driver was under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or if he was suffering from a medical condition.