Good Samaritans save driver from flaming pickup truck

Good Samaritans save driver from flaming pickup truck (Image 1)

A Maury County man made it out of his burning truck alive, thanks to the quick reactions of some Good Samaritans.

Sidney Cantrell, 73, was less than a mile from his home Monday afternoon when he collided with another truck on Carters Creek Pike near Butler Road.

Witnesses said Cantrell's truck immediately went up in flames, but the door was jammed and he could not get out.

“He was terrified. OnStar kept telling him to get out of the burning vehicle and he was unable to do so,” wife Ruth Cantrell told Nashville's News 2.

One of the men who rushed over to help was able to pry the door open, unbuckle Cantrell's seatbelt and pull him from the fiery crash.

Cantrell was first transported to a local hospital and later taken to Vanderbilt Medical Center where he remains in the trauma unit.  He has a broken collarbone, several broken ribs and a fractured shoulder blade.

Cantrell's wife of 53 years, Ruth, appreciates the men who saved her husband's life.

“I would like to say a very heartfelt thank you to all three guys because he was trapped and couldn't do anything for himself and they came to his aid and I am very thankful,” she told Nashville's News 2.

Cantrell is expected to go home from the hospital in the next day or so.

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