Samaritan rescues bus driver from fiery wreck

ROSEVILLE, Minn. - A Metro Mobility driver is injured but alive, thanks to a good samaritan whose quick actions saved her from a fiery crash Thursday morning.

Minnesota State Patrol spokesman Lt. Eric Roeske says troopers were called to I-35W and Highway 280 just before 6:30 a.m. on reports of a multi-vehicle crash. When they arrived squads found a semi truck fully engulfed, and three other vehicles badly damaged, all sitting in the northbound lanes.

Roeske says the semi was southbound when the driver lost control, jumped the guardrail and jackknifed in the northbound lanes. The semi was then struck in the cab by a Metro Mobility mini-bus and burst into flames. A cube truck and delivery van than crashed into the wreckage.

A man who drove up on the scene in his pickup saw the Metro Mobility bus tangled with the burning semi and realized the female driver could not get out. Caley Emerson of Grand Rapids grabbed a tow-strap, hooked it to the mini-bus and pulled it away from the raging fire. Roeske says if not for the 30-year-old good samaritan the bus driver would likely not have survived.

Lt. Roeske told reporters that he talked to Emerson on the phone and was told the Grand Rapids man did not want any publicity for his actions, saying he simply did what anyone in a similar situation would do.

Both the Metro Mobility driver and the semi driver were transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.


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