Concerned motorists traveling on I-95 in Cumberland County, risked their lives to save two people from a fiery wreck on Friday.
Gary Wright saw the smoldering car at the entrance to the I-95 rest stop. He quickley stopped and ran to help. Something was blocking the rear passenger door where Nina Milton sat unconscious.
Wright said he and three other passers-by removed the obstruction and opened the door and got her out.
Nancy Milton, who had been sitting in the front seat of the vehicle, was already out by the time help arrived. Because of the thick smoke, Wright didn’t realize Mrs. Milton's husband, Earnest, was trapped behind the wheel and a smoldering dashboard.
Mrs. Milton was pleading for someone to remove her husband.
Wright and another motorist, that had stopped to help, were finally able to remove him from the car. Moments later, flames engulfed the car’s interior.
Trooper Steven Spivey of the Highway Patrol says Earnest Milton, who is 81, his wife, Nancy, and his sister, Nina, were traveling south when the crash occurred. Mr. Milton was attempting to turn into the I-95 rest stop. They are from Philadelphia. The cause of the accident is under investigation.
All three were transported to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center. Earnest Milton was listed in critical condition.
Wright, lives in Laurinburg. He was traveling with his wife when they saw the wreck.