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Police: Good Samaritan pulls 3 out of burning vehicle

November 9, 2018 GMT

SACARAMENTO, Calif. -- Police are crediting a good Samaritan for saving the lives of three people early Sunday morning in Elk Grove, Calif., after he pulled them out of a truck engulfed in flames.

The collision occurred around 5:40 a.m. Sunday on Laguna Boulevard when a truck veered off the road and into a tree, said Elk Grove Police Department spokesman Jason Jimenez.

“We don’t know at this time what caused the collision, what caused the vehicle to leave the roadway and hit the tree,” Jimenez said.

Jimenez said Elk Grove resident Jeff Garrett heard the collision and quickly went into his yard, which backs up to Laguna Boulevard. Garrett then climbed over his backyard fence and pulled three passengers out of the vehicle while it was on fire.

“I heard a loud noise from the impact, so I looked out my window and I couldn’t see anything,” Garrett said Sunday afternoon. “I heard a gentleman coughing in pain, so I walked over to the left side of my backyard and right in front of me was a fully engulfed truck.”

One of the passengers sustained life-threatening injuries in the collision, according to a news release from the department. All three passengers were taken to an area hospital for treatment.

“I feel really good about having done something that was helpful,” Garrett said. “People have been texting me and reaching out to me with such positive things to say.”

Laguna Boulevard was fully closed between Haussman Drive and Babson Lane until around 11 a.m. while investigators worked in the area. The third lane of Laguna Boulevard remained closed for a short period of time after the road re-opened in order to remove the tree that the vehicle struck.