HOUSTON — Police say a 5-year-old boy pulled his severely injured 2-year-old brother to safety after a rollover crash that killed their father.
It happened on Houston’s North Freeway early Friday, CNN affiliate KTRK reported.
Investigators say the tractor-trailer the family was traveling in hit a guardrail and concrete pillar before flipping and bursting into flames.
“I heard a boom kind of noise, and like I ran out and I saw a little kid running around,” witness Dhaval Shah said.
As the above exclusive video shows, the truck was on fire moments after the crash.
Witnesses were stunned to see a 5-year-old and 2-year-old sitting along the feeder road as the cab burned with their father inside.
“I got the little kid and then I saw another infant by the fire,” Shah said.
Houston Police say the driver lost control of the truck, and it ran into the guardrail, veered off the road and crashed into a concrete pillar.
The truck then burst into flames.
The driver was killed in the crash, but the 5-year-old managed to save his brother from the flames.
“He actually pulled his 2-year-old little brother out from the 18-wheeler wreckage. The 2-year-old did have severe burns to the body.”
Police say the 5-year-old told them his mother was driving an RV ahead of the rig.
Apparently the family was moving to Galveston.
Police were eventually able to reunite the children with their mother.