Members of the Southern rock band Blackberry Smoke came to the rescue of three people trapped in a burning car on the side of a highway in El Paso, Texas.
According to The Boot, bassist Richard Turner, bus driver Harry Wing and Lighting Director Chris Hathaway chose to take the bus home to Atlanta on their way back from a show in California while the other members chose to fly back home. Around 2AM, they pulled over on the side of I-10 when they saw an orange Dodge Charger flip upside down. Turner was watching TV in his PJs in the back of the bus when he saw the burning vehicle from his window.
The guys were the first to arrive on the scene ahead of first responders, so they jumped into action to pull the passengers from the burning car.
Turner described the scene: “I was on the driver’s side, pulling at the door, trying to get it open, and Thumper was on the passenger’s side … and he pulled three people out of that in the time it took me to figure out that I wasn’t gonna get the door open on the other side. And the whole time, the car was on fire, and Harry was wielding a small extinguisher on it.”
The guys pulled a man, a young woman and a girl who appeared to be 8-10 years old from the burning car. According to KVIA, the driver was taken to the hospital with serious injuries. No word on what happened to the others.
“If anything, Harry kept the car from burning everybody, and Thumper pulled three people out,” Turner added. “If Harry hadn’t stopped, those people would be dead, I’m sure of it.”