Witness pulls survivors from I-16 wreck

Witness pulls survivors from I-16 wreck

EFFINGHAM CO., GA (WTOC) - We are now learning more about that fatal wreck on Interstate 16 in Effingham County Tuesday night.

One person was killed but more would have died had it not been for a Good Samaritan who helped some of the survivors to safety. It's now 24 hours later, and he's still shaken up by what he saw. But at the time, he says he didn't think, he just knew he had to help.

"I didn't really have a train of thought on it, it was just instinct. I just ran over there and started pulling people out," said Dalton Saxon, helped wreck survivors.

Saxon remembers looking across the median of I-16 last night and seeing a car driving in the wrong direction.

"Basically going head-on into traffic. And I called it, me and (my girlfriend) both called it. We were like, 'He's about to get into a wreck,'" said Saxon.

"One vehicle was traveling west in the eastbound lane of I-16, side-swiped one vehicle, bounced off it, impacted with another, and those three cars essentially caught fire," said Effingham County Sheriff's Jimmy McDuffie.

Saxon was in the car with his girlfriend, and his first thought was to pull over and help. He said he helped the driver limp to the median and then went back to another flaming vehicle where a woman was trapped inside.

"I didn't want to burn, I didn't want to get burned or blow up was my main concern with all the gas and car fluids. But she got her window down halfway, and I just ran over there and stuck my arms in the window and grabbed her and drug her out and got her to the median," said Saxon.

"And she ran up to the car and she was limping, and I could tell her leg was broken. She was screaming, 'That's my car, that's my car. That man just saved my life,'" said Leeann Yiirs, Saxon's girlfriend.

The face flashing through Saxon's mind last night? His 3-year-old daughter, Arianna. He checked the backseats at the crash scene to see if there were any children that could've been trapped inside.

You know, maybe another little girl, another 3-year-old like mine could've been in there. That was my thing, just making sure everybody was safe," said Saxon.

Thankfully, he didn't find any children in the wreck.  But you can bet he's hugging his daughter a little closer tonight.

Georgia State Patrol is investigating the accident. We reached out to them for an update earlier, but we are waiting to hear back.

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