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Good Samaritan Relates Life-Saving Heroics In Fiery 134 Crash

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PASADENA (CBS) — A fiery two-car crash shut the eastbound lanes of the 134 for hours Sunday evening, according to authorities.

One of the two cars rolled over several times. Both cars were engulfed in flames, according to witnesses.

Early reports from the crash scene said four vehicles were involved. The crash occurred at Orange Grove Boulevard around 6:45 p.m.

Four people were also reportedly ejected into the roadway. Authorities said all four were transported to Huntington Memorial Hospital as trauma patients.

The CHP told CBS2’s Thomas Wait that “speed and alcohol” may have been a factor in the crash.

Good Samaritan Bobby Navarrette witnessed the crash and worked to free people in both cars. “I saw an officer pulling some guy out of one of the cars. The driver in the other car, she didn’t get out, so I ran over there. The car had caught on fire.”

“I heard the driver screaming, ‘Help me, help me,’ so a couple of us just tried to open the door, but we couldn’t. We bent it back far enough to be able to reach in and grab people,” he said.

Navarette added, “Someone broke a window. The driver was still in there with her seat belt on. I ran to the other side of the car, the smoke was so bad. You couldn’t see anything. I jumped in the car and tried to reach for the seat belt.”

After getting the driver out, he helped a passenger in the other vehicle. “I ran to the back window, and saw the passenger was conscious. I just reached my hand in and said, ‘Come to me, I’ll pull you out.'”

The visuals of the crash will stay with Navarette a long time, he said. “It was so horrific. I never witnessed anything like that. It was straight out of the movies.”

The investigation into the crash is on-going.

By 9:30 all lanes were reopened.

For the latest on traffic conditions, go to KNX 1070.

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