David Fredericksen is a professional truck driver. While taking his big rig through southern Mississippi on interstate highway I-10, he saw a huge explosion in front of him. The video above is a selection from his dashboard camera recording of the incident. A car had hit another tractor trailer, causing a fuel tank on the tractor trailer to explode.
As a result, the car promptly caught on fire. Fredericksen, followed by his co-driver, rushed into action. They and other drivers pushed through the smoke and flames to pull out the occupants: a one-year old baby and her grandmother. Michael Ballaban of Jalopnik reports:
As he approached the Lincoln, he saw the driver desperately trying to kick out the door, despite her broken leg. David, who is not a small guy, yanked open the door, only to find the baby girl in the back seat. Her carseat had actually been launched from one side of the car to the other, which miraculously also cleared her from the immediate danger of the flames.
His co-driver, who jumped out after him, grabbed the girl from the seat after David pulled her out.
"She was the cutest little thing, too," he said. "She was hugging him so tight she was choking him."
The woman broke her leg in accident. Otherwise, no one was seriously injured or killed.