Jason R. Ivey helped to rescue Amy L. Stapleton-Horn from burning, Grass Valley, California, July 12, 2012. Unconscious, Stapleton-Horn, 37, remained in the driver’s seat of her car after an accident in which the vehicle struck an oncoming tractor-trailer in the vicinity of its fuel tanks. The tanks burst into flame, setting fire to the tractor and its flatbed trailer, the car coming to rest in close proximity to the flames. Motorists, including Ivey, 41, handyman and caretaker, stopped at the scene. Despite the growing and advancing flames, Ivey went to the driver’s side of Stapleton-Horn’s car, joining another man there who had opened the front door and unfastened her safety belt. Ivey leaned into the vehicle, grasped Stapleton-Horn by the legs, and with the other man pulled her from the car and carried her across the highway to safety. An explosion at the tractor-trailer sent flames to the car, and both vehicles were shortly engulfed, with flames spreading to the trees and grass along the highway. Stapleton-Horn required extensive hospitalization for treatment of serious injuries, including burns of up to third-degree.
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