The driver of a pickup truck is lucky to be alive after he drove off County Road 208 in St. Johns County early Saturday morning, October 9, and the vehicle erupted into flames, according to the St. Augustine Record. Luckily St. Johns County Sheriff’s Deputy Sgt. Ronnie Lester was passing on the road after a long night shift.
Deputy Lester called in the incident that was burning in the woods a quarter mile from Pacetti Road. He was informed by nearby witnesses that the driver was still inside the truck. Those gathered broke the glass and the driver began to respond. By this time the flames were beginning to get out of control. Deputy Lester and another man tried to pull the driver out of the vehicle but the flames forced them back.
That’s when St. Johns County Fire Rescue units arrived and were able to extract the driver from the truck. Badly injured from the crash and burns, he was airlifted to Shands Gainesville Medical Center.
The Florida Highway Patrol will investigate the cause of the pickup truck crash.
If you or a loved one is injured in a pickup truck crash or auto accident, you can only hope that a Good Samaritan such as Deputy Lester arrives on the scene to aid in your rescue. The Florida truck accident attorneys at Farah & Farah can help if there is another party involved that may be responsible for your vehicle crash and personal injury.