Driver Recounts Rescue After Fiery Weekend Car Crash

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BRUCEVILLE-EDDY (January 14, 2014) Two local children and their father continued to recover in a local hospital Tuesday after a fiery weekend car crash that nearly took their lives.

They owe their lives to a few heroes who stopped to help.

On Saturday, an SUV slammed into the back of an 18-wheeler that was traveling west on Highway 84 near Aviation Parkway.

Four people, three children and their father, were in the SUV.

Manuel Arispe, a locksmith from Bruceville-Eddy, saw the crash and got out to help, along with some other drivers.

“I was scared, I was nervous, and I had a lot of things going through my mind," Arispe said, "but I just reacted.”

The children were pulled safely from the car, but when Arispe tried to pull the father out, the unthinkable happened.

“Flames on the car just flared up, and that’s when things got scary,” Arispe said.

Arispe and the other rescuers acted fast and were able to pull the father to safety just before the SUV went up in flames.

As the SUV burned, the father and his children sat nearby, alive and lucky.

“I wouldn’t call myself a hero,” Arispe said.

“I would just say god was watching over them.”

Arispe says everyone who helped was at the right place at the right time.

“I think anyone would have done what we did, and I’m just glad I was able to help,” he said.