Man Thankful Woman He Saved From Crash Is Okay

Posted at 5:32 PM, Jul 05, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-05 19:50:51-04

A man being called a hero recalled the story of saving a woman from a fiery crash.

Brian Anderson lives on Underwood Road. It's just under a mile from where he pulled a woman from a fiery wreck, saving her life and it was all witnessed by people living nearby.

Neighbors: Man Pulled Woman From Burning Car

On June 30 at 7:00 a.m., Anderson was driving East on Couchville Pike when he came upon a silver truck that was wrecked into a pole on the side of the road. Anderson noticed flames coming from under the hood and a woman was inside.

"There was nobody around. That seemed really strange that this truck was on fire and there was nobody around," Anderson said. "I was screaming, trying to see if I could get her awake. She turned and looked at me. I turned her to turn back around, I told her I would have to break the glass."

Though initially unconscious, the driver, 55-year-old Linda Jones, woke up and tried to roll down the window, but it stopped after about two inches. Anderson said this is when Jones realized she was trapped in a burning vehicle.

"I immediately reached up with my hands and grabbed the top of the glass and yanked backwards away from her and shattered the window. I reached in and grabbed her up underneath the arms and just pulled her out the window," Anderson said.

According to Anderson, he pulled with a lot of force, despite having arthritis in his right hand. Pulling Jones out of the truck was difficult, because she was semi limp from the accident. He was able to get Jones out and away from the truck, which eventually became engulfed in a matter of minutes.

Anderson said no one else was in the area at the time of the rescue, and that if he wouldn't have stopped, Jones may not have been able to get out. In a phone interview with Jones' daughter, she agreed and was grateful Anderson was there at the time.

"There was no doubt that god was over us. There was no doubt," Anderson said.

Jones sustained a broken collar bone, rib and a punctured lung because of the crash. She was taken to the hospital but is now out and resting at home.