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Good Samaritans spring into action after crash on Interstate 805 near Chula Vista

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Posted at 4:03 PM, Feb 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-28 20:27:49-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- A man whose car erupted into flames after crashing on the southbound I-805 Thursday morning is recovering after two passersby helped pull him to safety.

Dashcam video from a nearby driver shows the moment the small white car suddenly veers to the right, slamming into a pick-up truck at Telegraph Canyon Road.

Almost instantly smoke begins to rise from the hood, and then flames.

"When I saw the smoke we just ran over and saw we had to get him out. We unbuckled him out of the car, carried him out," said Tyrone Crawford.

Crawford, a retired Customs and Border Protection officer and the friend he was with, a U.S. Marine, said they didn't hesitate to put their training into action.

The two men were able to get the victim safely to the side of the highway, where first responders jumped in to start treating him.

The man was alert and talking as he was wheeled into an ambulance.

The California Highway Patrol is still investigating the crash, but all lanes of the SB I-805 were reopened by early afternoon.