Vancouver man saves truck driver in fiery crash

Vancouver man saves truck driver in fiery crash

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Posted on October 8, 2013 at 9:56 AM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 8 at 3:19 PM

OXNARD, Calif. – A Vancouver man saved a truck driver from a fiery crash in California Saturday.

Bob Michels was on vacation and heading to Disneyland with his family when the semi-truck in front of them veered off the freeway, rolled down an embankment and burst into flames.

Michels didn't flinch. He pulled over, got out, jumped a guardrail and wrenched the woman out of the burning vehicle.

"I knew I had to stop and do something,” Michels said.

Bob Michels’ wife, Aimee, caught some of the rescue on video.

“I saw him leaning in the driver's side and trying to get her to come out,” Aimee Michels said. “And as he was doing that, I could see the flames starting to come up in the back of the cab. So that's when I kind of freaked out and started screaming."

The fire destroyed several nearby cars but the truck driver was in good condition.

The good deed didn’t stop the Michels family from their vacation. They went on to Disneyland and theme park even named him "honorary citizen" of the day.

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