Witnesses help rescue couple from overturned car
Driver, passenger suffer non-life threatening injuries
A couple involved in a rollover crash on the city’s Northwest Side may owe their safety to a group of passersby.
Witnesses said about 20 people jumped into action after the car hit a power pole, flipped over and caught fire Friday morning near Babcock and Callaghan roads.
"Stopping, pulling over and everybody was getting out of their car running,” said Amber Washington, one of more than a dozen people who helped with the rescue.
Temporarily trapped inside the car was a man and woman, both believed to be in their 40s.
Washington said the man was bleeding badly from a broken wrist.
"There was an Army veteran that came to assist and he had his backpack with him. He put a tourniquet on to stop the bleeding," Washington said. “We all went together and moved him away because the car was actually on fire."
Firefighters, paramedics and police soon arrived on the scene and transported the couple to a hospital.
Police said they suffered non-life threatening injuries.
When the Good Samaritans helped the couple, they also put themselves in danger.
A live power line, knocked down during the crash, was sparking in the parking lot nearby.
Vincent Melton, who was one of the first at the scene, said he had noticed the car moments before the crash when it sped past his apartment complex, heading west on Callaghan Road.
He said the vehicle was riding on top of the median, then suddenly crossed the road, hit the curb and power pole, and flew through the air, landing on its roof.
"I saw the fire and then I ran to the car to try to open the front door, and then I got the back door open. Then other people helped,” Melton said.
"I didn't see any break lights. It's like the car was out of control," he said. "When they hit the pole, it was like the car exploded."
Papers and property from the car’s trunk were scattered across the area.
San Antonio police confirm that speed played a role in the crash.
They said speeding is common in that area, and one where they often use radar guns to conduct speed enforcement operations.
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