Man pulls toddler from fatal crash

By Sara Story - bio | email

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - It was the quick action of an East Texas man that saved a toddler from a fatal car crash on Friday night. Authorities say a Mustang was exiting Interstate 20 when it failed to yield to an 18 wheeler that was headed north on Highway 155. Officials say there were two women in the front seats of the car and a three year old in the back seat. One of the women was killed, and the other woman remains in critical condition.

Don Martin said he was pulling up to the intersection when he witnessed the tragic accident and rushed to save the toddler from the fatal crash. Martin said, "That was a brave little three year old. The baby never cried. I did."

An emotional Martin said he vividly remembers the scene. "When I came up over the hill, I knew something was up because I saw the smoke and stuff from that 18 wheeler...I parked right there in the middle of the road with my flashers on and jumped out of the car and ran up to the Mustang," said Martin.

Martin said two women were trapped in the front of the Mustang, and he heard a child crying in the back. "One of the guys had a knife, and I asked him to give me a knife, and I cut the top off the car," said Martin. He added, "I stuck both arms down and grabbed the baby below the knees. I kept on pulling, and then the car caught on fire."

Despite the blaze, Martin pulled the toddler away from the crash. "It is just something you naturally do, just naturally do," he said. Martin says he didn't act alone. "There was a lady and man there and a couple of other guys pulling the top," said Martin.

Authorities have not released the names of the people involved in the crash, but officials confirm one woman was killed and the other remains in critical condition at an East Texas hospital. The littler girl was treated for minor injuries and released.

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