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January 20, 2013

Hello, Hero

Peaster-area trucker meets, thanks woman who saved him from fiery wreck

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She jumped out of her own vehicle and briefly hesitated, concerned that the truck was going to blow up, before taking off running to help the driver.

The vehicle door wouldn’t open but the window was down, Sims said.

As he slowly regained consciousness, he became aware of the low-pressure alarm going off but couldn’t see anything, Uribe said.

“There was a lady right to my left, screaming that the truck was on fire,” Uribe said.

The fire was inches from his right elbow, according Uribe.

He managed to shut off the ignition and began to hear her voice more clearly but his arm and ribs were in pain.

He said he told her that he needed help, that he couldn’t move, Uribe said. 

She told him that she couldn’t go any closer, that the truck was going to blow, Uribe said.

As she stood on the running board of the cab, Sims said Uribe put his hand out the window and she could tell he was hurt.

“I told him, ‘You’ve got to come now. You’re going to have to come through the window,’” Sims said.

He was moving very slowly and finally managed to work his way half way out the window, Sims said.

She told him to just let go and she would catch him, Sims said.

She ended up dragging him out of the window, apologizing as she did so, concerned about his injuries, Sims said.

Within minutes after the two stumbled away from the truck together, the cab was engulfed in flames.

“I think that if he would been in there 30 more seconds he would have burned,” Sims said.

His truck was gone in the blink of eye, Uribe said, who said he thinks he would have been burned without the help of Sims in his semi-conscious state and would likely have panicked and been unable to get out in time.

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