Truckie is being hailed as a hero after pulling an 80-year-old driver out of his car when it caught fire on a busy freeway
- An 80-year-old man was pulled from a burning car on the side of a busy freeway
- A truck driver dragged him out after seeing a car burst into flames on the Gold Coast
- He said he was just an “average citizen” and left the scene after the fire department arrived
A truck driver has been hailed as a hero after he ran into a burning car on a motorway and rescued the 80-year-old driver.
Woodchopper Gary Jones was driving through Yatala on the Gold Coast on the M1 last week when he spotted the burning car.
After stopping his truck, Mr. Jones called the older man out.
But the 80-year-old was frozen in fear and could not move.
Mr Jones, who also works as a volunteer firefighter, knew what to do and dragged the man out of the car.
Truckie Gary Jones was driving on the Gold Coast when he saw a burning vehicle on the side of the road (pictured after firefighters arrived)
Mr Jones (pictured), a professional lumberjack, said he was just an “average man” after he ran towards the burning car to save the elderly man’s life
Mr Jones agreed to proposals 9News He was a hero and said he was just an “average citizen”.
“When he was in the car, both sides of him were on fire, the upholstery just went up – bang,” Mr Jones said.
“I opened the door, grabbed the driver, pulled him out – he almost got run over… an 80-year-old isn’t agile, that’s for sure.”
Firefighters and police arrived to douse the flames and direct traffic while Mr Jones left the scene.
The driver of the burning vehicle was not injured and was hospitalized for shock.
The driver of the burning car (pictured at the scene of the crime) was unharmed and was treated at a hospital for shock