Nurses at scene of deadly crash rescue child

STOCKTON - A tragic and deadly crash Tuesday in Stanislaus County likely would have been worse if not for two nurses who saw the collision and ran to rescue a child from a burning car.

The crash involved two trucks on Albers Road east of Modesto. Twenty-nine-year-old Chandra Barnard was pronounced dead at the scene.

According to the preliminary police investigation, Barnard, one of the drivers, swerved into oncoming traffic.

A husband and wife, both of them nurses, were nearly involved themselves. They were so close to the crash Darlene Carroll called for help while her husband Jonathan pulled Barnard's 3-year-old son from their burning car.

"The flames were coming out of the front of the vehicle and by the baby's legs. Four or five seconds, not that long at all, it just engulfed," said Darlene Carroll.

Carroll and her husband shouldn't have been there at that exact time. But she was called back to her job in Sonora for a second time that day, and was making the trip when they were right behind the crash.

"I guess we just happened to be in the right place at the right time," Carroll said.

The boy suffered a broken collarbone but was expected to recover.

Carroll said her husband, a former paramedic, saved his life.

"My husband to me, has always been a hero. He had no fear," she said.

Barnard was a single mother. Relatives said they expect to take over the care of her three young children.


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