What started out as a weekend getaway turned into a night that will not soon be forgotten. Local residents Bobby Morton, Colby Morton Cheyenne Bartlett and Perry Allin were staying at a fishing cabin in Gun Barrel City when at around 10:3PM on Friday, they heard what sounded like a really bad accident. Since it had occurred close by (about three blocks), Bartlett and Allin quickly headed on foot to the accident scene followed by Bobby and Colby Morton in their car. Allin and Bartlett were picked up along the way and all four arrived at the scene together and discovered that a car had struck a tree.
Upon arrival, they found a woman, who had managed to escape the wrecked car, screaming that her husband was still in the vehicle which by now was on fire. In order to reach the trapped driver, Bobby Morton had to make a number of attempts from the passenger side to free the the man who had suffered a broken pelvis. By this time, the fire had grown more serious and with one final attempt, Morton, Bartlett and Allin were able to free the driver and pull him to safety. All this occurred in the span of about 15 minutes.
In recalling the sequence of events, Bobby Morton commented, “On our final attempt to free the man, it was a total team effort as we all reached in one last time, grabbed what we could grab and pulled until the man was free.“ Morton added, ”We will all agree that it was only by the grace of God that we were able to help this couple and He deserves all credit”
Both of the occupants were safe and out of danger by the time emergency crews arrived.
Here is the press release from the Gun Barrel City Texas Fire Department -
For Immediate Release - June 19, 2021
GUN BARREL CITY FIRE AND POLICE DEPARTMENTS ALONG WITH UT HEALTH EMS RESPOND TO A FIERY VEHICLE CRASH WITH ENTRAPMENT
Gun Barrel City TX - The Gun Barrel City Fire and Police Departments responded to a fiery, single vehicle crash on Friday, June 18, at 10:41pm. The accident occurred in the 200 Block of Commodore Lane past the intersection with Nob Hill Road. The vehicle left the roadway and struck a large tree. Upon impact, the vehicle started on fire with the occupants trapped in the vehicle. Passing motorists who witnessed the accident were able to pry open the doors and moved the occupants to safety.
When the Gun Barrel City Fire Department arrived on scene, the vehicle was fully engulfed in flames. Said Gun Barrel City Fire Department Assistant Chief Jason Raney, “I want to commend the witnesses to the accident who pulled the occupants out of the burning car. Without their quick thinking and bravery, the outcome of this accident could have been tragic.” UT Health EMS transported two patients to area hospitals.