WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- A serious crash, a truck on fire lodged under a bus and the driver trapped inside. That's what Leonard Rogers drove up to this morning.
He knew he had to take action, and quick.
"The Ford truck was kind of submarined up underneath the front of the school bus," said Rogers.
The King man was on his way to work when he came across the horrific scene. "The driver's compartment was crushed up pretty bad and the truck was on fire right in the middle of the hood," recalled Rogers.
Rogers and two coworkers knew they had to help. "First reaction was get the guy out or get the fire put out. We tried to put the flame out. It died out but it flamed right back up."
All the while, smoke was filling the cabin. "We knocked a couple of the windows out of the truck so the air would circulate where he could breathe," said Rogers.
Along with six police officers, they realized the truck needed to be removed from under the bus.
Rogers' truck was the perfect solution. "We took a chain that we got on the back of the truck, hooked it to the front of this truck and pulled that truck back," recounted Rogers.
Once it was free, the guys grabbed a crowbar from the back of their truck. "As we were prizing on the door and somebody was using another fire extinguisher up front, the fire department got there and they kind of took over from there."
Firefighters put out the flames and removed the visibly shaken driver from the truck. A Tuesday morning Rogers said he won't forget, but is glad he was in the right place at the right time. "I hope the guy's ok and I'm glad that we were able to be there to assist and give him a hand."
Rogers said firefighters and police thanked him and his coworkers for possibly this man's life. The man was taken to the hospital for treatment for injuries that are not life threatening.
The assisting officers managed to pry open the driver's door and help put out the flames. Along with acknowledging the officers, Winston-Salem Police also sent a statement thanking Rodgers for his "willingness to assist in a potentially life threatening situation."
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