Moment truck explodes in a fireball seconds after police drag the driver out with a medical emergency
Heartbreaking video footage shows two heroic cops dragging a man out of his burning truck seconds before it exploded in a massive fireball.
The incident began Monday, when the unnamed driver of the Dodge Ram suffered a medical emergency while driving outside an apartment complex in Austin, Texas.
He couldn’t take his foot off the truck’s accelerator as the tires caught fire and the flames quickly engulfed the vehicle.
Austin police officers, Chandler Carrera and Eddie Pineda, arrived on the scene and attempted to free the driver from his truck, while a frightened woman filmed a short distance away.
According to the Austin American-Statesmana man by the truck shouted, “He’s in there! He is still there! He’s in there, ”which may have informed the officers of the stuck driver.
Two Austin agents are hailed as heroes after rescuing a man from a burning truck
The video shows that one of the officers broke open the window of the car on Monday afternoon
Eventually the officer was able to break the window and open the door from the inside
The video begins with the person behind the camera panting before focusing on the burning truck, where an officer bangs his baton on the driver’s side window.
The back of the truck and the right side of the vehicle are shrouded in flames.
The officer manages to get the window open and unlocks the door from the inside and opens it.
Another officer then appears and tries to extinguish the fire from behind.
Officers Carrera Pineda – then started teaming up to pull the sick man out of his truck and managed to get 10 yards away before it exploded.
Seconds later, a bang can be heard and the rest of the truck seems to go up in flames.
Officers Chandler Carrera and Eddie Pineda then start working together to pull a man from the burning truck by his arms, with a witness saying they managed to get at least 10 meters away.
Seconds later, a loud bang can be heard and the rest of the truck went up in flames. The driver of the vehicle was hospitalized with serious injuries caused by smoke inhalation
The Austin Fire Department then appears on the scene while another loud explosion is heard and neighbors can be heard screaming and watching the incident.
The video ends with several members of the fire department putting out the flames on the burning vehicle.
The driver, who has not been identified, was taken to hospital by ambulance with “ serious, potentially life-threatening injuries from smoke inhalation, ” the Austin fire department said.
“We greet our brothers in blue for their heroic and selfless actions during this incident,” she added.
A photo that the fire brigade subsequently posted on Twitter showed the burnt-out remains of the decimated truck.
Tony Farmer, who lives next door to the apartments, witnessed the entire incident after hearing one of the loud bangs from the truck.
‘I was just chilling inside and I heard a loud bang, a bit like when the [trash truck] comes and throws the dumpster on the ground when they finish emptying or a transformer [exploding]Farmer said to the Statesman.
When it happened the second time, I was like, ‘Woah, that’s a bit weird,’ ‘Farmer added.
Farmer described the truck explosion as an almost cinematic experience.
‘It exploded a little bit, almost like in movies, not like a massive explosion like atom, but it engulfed more about 20 seconds after [the man] was removed from the vehicle, ”Farmer continued.
He added that he believed the police officers involved in the man’s rescue are heroes.
‘Those agents … there’s no question about that – they’ve put their lives on the line and they’re heroes. There’s no question about it, ”said Farmer.
Austin Police Assistant Chief Robin Henderson agreed and later took to Twitter to congratulate the officers and signal them for their exploits.
“Officers Pineda and Carrera received a chief’s coin yesterday in recognition of their heroic actions in saving a man’s life from the vehicle fire,” Henderson tweeted. Please help me recognize these two for their quick thinking and courage! #OneAustinSaferTogether ‘
According to the PatchJoseph Chacon, police chief, also commended the officers for their bravery.
“Despite the danger, they ran in and saved a man’s life,” Chacon said. “These are the guards of our community. Thanks, Officers Pineda and Carrera! ‘
As of Wednesday morning, the injured man’s condition was unknown. A press conference with more information is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon.