Semi driver, off-duty firefighters pull driver from car moments before it catches fire


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BOONE COUNTY, Ind. (Oct. 22, 2015) – A semi truck driver helped firefighters pull a woman to safety just before her car caught fire following a crash in Boone County Thursday afternoon.

According to the Boone County Sheriff’s Office, witnesses saw a car swerving and speeding westbound on State Road 32. One witness called 911 around 12:42 p.m. to report the erratic driver.

Minutes later, the car hit a semi head-on. The semi came to rest on the road and immediately caught fire; the car eventually stopped in a field south of the roadway. The semi driver, identified as Roger Hicks, 70, Detroit, Mich., was able to escape his vehicle without being hurt.

Two off-duty firefighters–Capt. Darrell Eiller from the South Bend Fire Department and Kraig Smith from the Rochester Fire Department–helped Hicks pull the driver, identified as Ashley Birge, 30, Lebanon, out of the car through the sunroof. Shortly after that, the vehicle erupted in flames. Fire destroyed both the semi and the car, investigators said.

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