Frantic rescue shows strangers trying to pull man from burning truck

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Stunning video released by the Winston-Salem Police Department Wednesday shows the frantic scene after a school bus and pickup truck collided.

The school bus and truck hit each other head-on causing the truck to be wedged under the bus and catch fire, trapping the driver inside, FOX 8 reported. The September 6 crash  happened at the intersection of Polo Road and North Cherry Street.

Police body camera captured a frantic attempt to get a driver out of a burning truck. (WGHP)

Police body camera captured a frantic attempt to get a driver out of a burning truck. (WGHP)

The minutes that followed were all captured from police body camera video.

Leonard Rogers told FOX 8 last week that he was driving by at the time of the accident and stopped to help.

“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 said.

Rogers helped police use fire extinguishers in an attempt to put the fire out, but the man inside the vehicle, Terry McCariney, was still in danger.

Police say Rogers then put himself in danger and used a chain from his truck to pull the burning truck out from under the school bus with his truck. Rogers says the fact that he even had the chain was a life-saving coincidence. Just last Friday he put the chain in his truck.

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

Police then busted open the door and got McCarney out. He was taken to the hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.

Rogers says he is not the one who deserves the credit, which is supported by the video.

“The police officers and the firefighters and the EMTs that get out here and do this everyday, they are the real heroes. I’m just glad I was here and was able to help out,” he said.

There were two children on the school bus at the time of the crash and neither of them were injured.

The school bus driver, John Lester Ijames, faces a charge of safe movement violation-failure to yield to the right of way.

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