Daring rescue of man pinned under car

By Fred Childers – bio|email

MINDEN, LA (KSLA) –  On Saturday a car full of people traveling at a high rate of speed left  a curving roadway on Highway 80 near Minden.

The car went air-born for more than a hundred feet.

The car is now at a local junkyard, and looks like a ball of twisted and burned metal - amazingly all four survived.

"By the time I got there, there [were] three individuals outside the vehicle, and one of them they were saying was trapped underneath the vehicle," said Minden Police Officer, Sean Henderson.

Webster Parish Deputy, Micky Perryman, a 26 year veteran arrived on the scene around the same time, he said  they had about 20 or 30 seconds to act.

With one of the occupants pined underneath the car and the car upright flames had already started shooting up through the sun roof. Fire fighters and police officers were trying desperately to pick up the car to free the victim. They had made several attempts and they failed. Time was running out, and it looked like this victim was about to face a horrible and painful death.

"And you couldn't find nothing to grab a hold of because it was sharp," said Deputy Perryman.

"All we could think of was there's a person underneath," said Henderson.

And with that in mind, they all ignored the uncomfortable heat and their fear.

"I kept waiting for the gas tank to explode," said Deputy Perryman.

So they coordinated nothing short of an amazing feet of strength, after several attempts the car was lifted just enough, and the victim was literally snatched from the flames.

"And about a minute later the whole thing was engulfed," said Lt. Richard Cooper with Minden Police.

They deny any heroic status.

" we just done what we were trained to do," said Perryman.

And certainly their training as officers and medics paid off, but it was also their sheer determination to help a fellow human being, that saved a life.

The driver was cited for DWI.

Wiitnesses told police the car was driving at a high rate of speed before the crash.

All four of the people in that crash were treated for injuries.

   The driver is listed in critical condition, but is expected to survive.

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