Man rescues woman after tanker bursts into flames in Fall River - 7News Boston WHDH-TV

Man rescues woman after tanker bursts into flames in Fall River

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Fall River, Mass. (WHDH) -

A man risked his own life to save a stranger, a woman trapped in an overturned tanker filled with fuel.

Jesse Gomes was exiting Rt. 24 Monday morning when he came across the tanker that had crashed down an embankment.

Flames and thick, black smoke were shooting into the air when he saw a woman trapped in the wreckage.

“The truck was completely mangled, she was actually coming out of the windshield,” said Gomes.

And worse, the flames were quickly spreading around her.

“I asked her what was in the tanker, she screamed out gas, and the next thing I know I just ran to the truck. She was trying to get herself out so I just grabbed her and pulled her out,” he said.

The truck was loaded with 11-thousand gallons of gasoline. Gomes said he was well aware of the danger but didn't hesitate to risk his own life to save hers.

“The flames were getting closer and closer to the cab, and just kind of reacted, got her out of there, brought her to safety, kept her warm, and tried to calm her down because she was a little emotional, and couldn't believe what happened to her. She was covered in debris and dirty," said Gomes.

The female driver is from Connecticut and is expected to fully recover from her injuries.

Before she was taken away, the woman was able to look Jesse in the eye and thank him.


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