VIDEO: Witnesses rush to help victims of head-on crash on Covington Pike
MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Four people were critically injured in a head-on crash Wednesday morning on Covington Pike.
Memphis police officers said the driver in a Ford Fusion lost control, crossed the grass median, and crashed head on into a red truck. The gray car caught on fire.
Debris remains from the site where the collision happened.
Driver Audrey Morrow and a man were trapped inside the car as it went up in flames. But, Good Samaritans passing by stopped to rescue the pair. The rescue was all caught on camera.
Cell phone video from Ronnie Hayse shows people attempting to rip open the side of a smashed car so they can free Morrow and the passenger trapped inside.
"If they hadn't got her out of the car, she would have burned. Everybody just came together as Good Samaritans; worked frantically to put the fire out," Hayse said.
Memphis police received a call around 10 a.m. Wednesday about the crash at Stratford and Covington Pike. Officers said the four people were rushed to Regional One. Three people are in critical condition. The male passenger of the Ford is in non-critical condition.
Hayse said they managed to put out the blaze before fire crews arrived on the scene.
"They were literally getting buckets out of their cars to scoop up puddles that the rain had left to throw water on the car to get the fire out," Hayse said. "And somebody finally came with a fire extinguisher and helped extinguish the fire."
Hayse said while the other man was trapped underneath the dashboard; he offered his support by talking him through the pain until emergency crews arrived and took him out of the car.
"I just thought it great to see how people come together in a critical situation like this and work together to try save people's lives," Hayse said.
Morrow was cited for not having a driver's license and following too close.
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