Dramatic moment when a Good Samaritan drags a seriously injured driver out of a burning car after sprinting down a Massachusetts highway to save him
- Greg Budgell of Dracut, Massachusetts, saved a man from a fiery crash
- Budgell drove up when he stopped to help a driver who was trapped in a crashed vehicle that was on fire
- He ran across the highway and dragged the man by the arm out
- Budgell said the victim was seriously injured and that he would not have got out of the car alone
- Additional witnesses arrived and also rescued an injured passenger
- The incident was recorded on dashcam footage on Tuesday
A Massachusetts man is hailed as a hero after running down a busy highway to get a seriously injured stranger out of a burning car.
Greg Budgell, of Dracut, was driving to work on Interstate 495 when he crashed a vehicle onto the road and went up in flames.
“I saw people in need and I just had to help them,” said Bugdell WCVB 15.
Budgell immediately stopped his vehicle, sprinted desperately down the highway and approached the burning car.
A Good Samaritan named Greg Budgell ran across Interstate 495 in Massachusetts to rescue a badly injured man from a fiery crash
Dramatic images of the heartbreaking rescue were captured on camera by Harold Greer, who also stopped to assist during the dangerous incident.
Budgell can be seen pulling the man out of the vehicle by his arm as the inferno continues to grow.
A second man appears on the scene to take the stranger to safety, while another man and a female officer assist an injured passenger.
At one point, Budgell is seen above the injured driver reaching up to hold his hand.
Budgell (left) had to pull the injured man by the arm from the burning vehicle because of all other injuries to the driver
A witness named Harold Greer (far left) helped bring the man to safety and captured the heroic moment on his dash camera
Greer: ‘You felt the heat. You felt when the tires blew and when the gas tank went. You felt the explosion of it ‘
Budgell said the driver was so badly injured that he would never have escaped the fiery crash alone.
“He told me he had only one good arm, so I kind of dragged him along,” said Budgell.
“It’s not the best way to get someone out of there, but I looked at him a little bit and I said,” I need to tow you man, this car is about to go up, I have to do it, ” and I just dragged him up the hill. ”
According to the driver’s girlfriend, the crash happened after falling asleep behind the wheel.
He sustained injuries to his legs, arm and several broken bones. He had to have surgery on Wednesday.
‘[The driver] was in agony. They were both in bad shape, “said Greer.
“You felt the heat. You felt when the tires blew and when the gas tank went. You felt its explosion. ‘
After Budgell saved the man’s life, the two held hands while the authorities were dispatched to the scene
Budgell (pictured) said he “saw people in need and I just had to help them
Greer praised Budgell for his quick instinct and the courage he showed in rescuing an utter stranger.
“It’s something different when you see someone do something great for someone in trouble,” said Greer.
Both crash victims were taken to a local hospital to treat their injuries.
After watching footage of the rescue, Budgell said CBS 21 that he would do it again.
“You can’t say you save someone’s life every day,” said Budgell.
“I certainly feel good. I saw people in need and I just have to help them. ‘