HANCOCK COUNTY, Miss. (AP) — Passing motorists who saw smoke billowing from a stand of pine trees along Interstate 10 rescued a woman and her disabled sister trapped inside a wrecked, burning sport utility vehicle.
Between 15 and 20 motorists, including a photographer for The Associated Press, managed to save the women Thursday afternoon.
Photographer Gerald Herbert said the rescuers pulled the disabled woman from the wreck first, but getting the driver out was difficult.
As flames spread in the SUV and the driver screamed in panic, Herbert and others flagged down motorists in a desperate search of fire extinguishers.
Using extinguishers provided by passing truckers, the rescuers were able to control the fire as they worked to get the woman out of the SUV.