WINSTON-SALEM, NC -- Winston-Salem police are commending the actions of a citizen who helped free a man from a burning truck after an accident with a school bus.
Police say the accident happened at the intersection of Polo Road and Cherry Street around 6:45 am. Tuesday. Police say a school bus driver was making a left turn onto Polo Road as the driver of a Ford truck was crossing through the intersection. The two vehicles crashed and the impact caused them to become intertwined. Police say at that point, the Ford truck caught fire with Mr. Terry Wayne McCarney trapped inside.
According to a police report, several officers tried to put out the flames with no luck, nor could they rescue Mr. McCarney from his truck because the driver side door was crushed.
Police say Mr. George L. Rodgers was driving by and stopped at the scene. Police say Mr. Rodgers had a tow chain in his truck and with no regard for his own safety, used his own vehicle to pull Mr. McCarney's free from the school bus. Officers were then able to use crowbars to pry the truck door open and put out the flames as firefighters arrived on scene.
Police say Mr. McCarney was taken to a local hospital where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries.
The Winston-Salem Police Department said it would like to thank Mr. Rodgers for his willingness to help officers in a life-threatening situation.
Winston-Salem Forsyth County School officials say bus #239 was on the way to Jefferson Elementary with two children on board. Thankfully, no one on the bus was hurt.
The bus driver, Mr. John Lester Ijames, was cited with safe movement violation - failure to yield right of way.
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