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Salisbury Man Rescues Driver from Burning Truck

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Dave McWilliams took these photos of the fire and its aftermath. Dave McWilliams took these photos of the fire and its aftermath.

SALISBURY, Md.- A Salisbury man is being called a hero after saving a driver from a burning pickup truck. The accident occurred just before midnight Tuesday.  The truck rolled onto its side after crashing and caught fire and Dave McWilliams, who lives just across the street, rushed over to help the driver.

All that is left at the crash scene on Mt. Hermon Church Road is scorched earth and broken car parts. McWilliams said he heard everything happen from his home just before midnight and ran over to the car.

"The guy yelled, 'I'm trapped!' So I went in through the back window, pulled him out. As I am pulling him out by his vest, you hear the gas line sizzle. I backed off and then went back in after him and pulled him out. And then the car went up in flames," said McWilliams.

The driver was transported to the hospital and McWilliams said that the man was complaining that he may have broken his jaw.  Kenneth Clary lives one door over from where the car ended up.  The driver actually drove through his property before finally coming to a crash.  Clary said he came outside and heard the gas line on the truck sizzling and that was enough for him to take a few steps back.  However, Clary said that McWilliams was not backing down.

"Oh it's heroic, there's no doubt about it.  I hope if anything like that happens to me that somebody like that is there because I mean, it is a scary situation and you just react to it.  You don't have time to think, you just react," Clary said.

McWilliams has been very modest about everything that happened but does understand the magnitude of what he was able to do on Tuesday evening.

"Things happen.  I guess you can say whoever is there that can help - great.  It's done and it's over with.  I am enjoying my hero status for the day," McWilliams said.

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