Lori Lynnette Cook attempted to save Richard L. Gray from burning, McAlester, Oklahoma, November 7, 1995. Gray, 60, was the driver of a tanker truck, which, carrying a load of thousands of gallons of gasoline and diesel fuel, tipped onto its driver’s side and skidded along the roadway in a highway accident. The tanker’s cargo began to spill. Ms. Cook, 25, bank courier, was driving behind Gray and saw the accident. She pulled her car off the highway, then, not seeing Gray emerge from the wreckage, went to the truck for him, en route encountering the leaking fuel. When she had almost reached the cab, the rig exploded, throwing her, aflame, to the median. Gray, also aflame, rolled on an embankment bordering the highway to extinguish the flames on him. He died the next day of extensive burns. Ms. Cook was hospitalized a month for treatment of severe burns to 25 percent of her body.
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