FT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – Four drivers are lucky to be alive after a fiery collision at a Pompano Beach.
The accident happened around 7 a.m. at the intersection of Sample Road and North Andrews Avenue, at the border of Pompano Beach and Deerfield Beach.
A woman heading westbound on Sample Road, went over the railed tracks and reared ended a Ford F 150 pickup truck which had slowed for a red light. The woman’s car ended up lodged under the truck.
On impact, the pickup’s gas tank was sheared off and caught fire. Chopper 4 over the scene at found four vehicles, two cars and two trucks, were involved in the crash. One of the trucks ended up partially on top of a car and the other truck.
Marquis Hoggins was working at a nearby restaurant when the crash happened.
“When I came out the door about five seconds later a flame went up and a cloud of smoke. We ran over and saw people jumping out of the car and running away from the car,” said Hoggins who did what he could to help.
Hoggins said he ran over to the wreck and helped pull a 45-yearold unconscious woman from her car which was lodged under the burning truck.
“I picked up the brick, handed it to him, he busted the window and snatched the lady out of the car and we all ran from the car,” said Hoggins.
The woman then started walking away from the crash. Pompano Beach Fire Rescue paramedics found her about 200 yards away from the scene of the crash with critical injuries, including burns. She was transported in critical condition to Broward Health North.
Hoggins said his only thought was of saving everyone involved.
“I have to get the people out of the fire, we have to get them out, I did not want to watch anyone die,” said Hoggins. “I only did what I thought someone would do for me or my family.”
Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue arrived on the scene they put out the flames and took one of the injured male drivers to North Broward Medical Center. Pompano Beach Fire Rescue transported the remaining two injured drivers to the hospital. No word on the extent of their injuries.
It took several hours for the accident investigation and to clear the charred wreckage from the road. Westbound Sample Road was re-opened to traffic around 10:30 a.m.