Trucker rescues motorist from burning vehicle



Portage, Indiana’s Adam Phillips, a Ruan Systems driver, rescued a man trapped in a flaming car on I-65 in Johnson City, Indiana, and has been named a Highway Angel by the Truckload Carriers Association for his actions.

Phillips happened upon the accident March 21 at about 2:10 a.m. The man had lost control of the vehicle and veered off the road. His car then jumped a guardrail and hit the side of an overpass bridge before landing and bursting into flames.

Phillips grabbed his fire extinguisher and ran to the flaming car. The extinguisher was having no effect, however, and the fire grew larger. Phillips then crawled through the passenger side of the car. The dashboard was on fire began melting the trapped man’s knees. The driver’s seat, however, wouldn’t budge.

Another rescuer came with a crowbar, however, and the two broke the bolts of the seat to release the driver. Immediately after, the car became engulfed in flames. Phillips then gave the man the coat off of his back.

“He needed help. I could hear him screaming. There was nothing else I can imagine doing at that time,” Phillips said.

For being named a TCA Highway Angel, Phillips was given a lapel pin, a certificate and a patch.


  • I depend on truckers

    Thank YOU Mr. Phillips!!!!
    It takes a special person to do what you did.

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  • Scott

    Way to go Adam, it’s such an inspiration to hear of such a person. Hope the other guy was somehow recognized as well.

  • cabensg

    This is why this gal no longer tolerates dissing of men by media and commercials. If you need to be rescued or you want your child to be rescued or you want your beloved pet to be rescued it’s almost always going to be a brave man doing the rescuing. God knew what he was doing when he created men.

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