WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Tuesday morning, police responded to an accident involving a school bus and a pickup truck in at Polo Road and North Cherry Street.
Winston-Salem police say the school bus and truck hit each other head-on causing the truck to be wedged under the bus and catch fire, trapping the driver inside.
Leonard Rogers was driving by at the time of the accident and stopped to help.
“I seen the guy trapped in the truck when we pulled up and the truck was on fire and my first instinct was to do whatever I could to help him out,” Rogers said.
Rogers helped police use fire extinguishers in an attempt to put the fire out, but the man inside the vehicle, Terry McCariney, was still in danger.
Police say Rogers then put himself in danger and used a chain from his truck to pull the burning truck out from under the school bus with his truck. Rogers says the fact that he even had the chain was a life-saving coincidence. Just last Friday he put the chain in his truck.
“We were moving so fast it was like we were in a race, which we were, to try and get him out and we just didn’t think about anything. The main concern was trying to get him out without him getting burned,” Rogers said.
Police then busted open the door and got McCarney out. He was taken to the hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.
Rogers says he is not the one who deserves the credit.
“The police officers and the firefighters and the EMTs that get out here and do this everyday, they are the real heroes. I’m just glad I was here and was able to help out,” he said.
There were two children on the school bus at the time of the crash and neither of them were injured.