LINCOLN, Calif. — A mother is taking to social media to find the people who saved her daughter's life after a fiery crash on Tuesday in Lincoln. According to the California Highway Patrol, a woman in her late teens was entering the highway when she lost control on a wet surface. CBS Sacramento reports she skidded across traffic where she was hit by two other southbound cars.
Terrie Madruga witnessed the aftermath of the crash. The images make Madruga's heart sink.
"It unnerved me all day today at work," she said. "I couldn't imagine. It's every parent's worst nightmare that there is an accident and where is your kid."
She saw the crash as she pulled onto the Highway 65 southbound ramp Tuesday morning from Ferrari Ranch Road.
"It was so hot, my car was filling up with heat," said Madruga.
She and others making the morning commute, like Karen and Roger Salstrom, saw the wrecked car, flames and smoke.
"I thought maybe it would explode at some time," said Karen Salstrom, "that's what I was afraid of."
CHP says three other drivers not involved in the wreck stopped near the overpass to help. At least one of them pulled the teenager from the burning car.
"They're a hero because they valued saving that person," said Salstrom.
The woman's mother posted on Facebook later Tuesday morning saying "… my daughter was unconscious and pulled from the burning vehicle…"
She made a plea to find her daughter's rescuer, writing, "…I would like to thank him personally. He saved my daughter's life."
An unknown Samaritan was in the right place to react to a dangerous and potentially deadly situation.
"It's good to know that they're all watching out after each other," said Madruga.