Four people are lucky to be alive after a runaway utility trailer smashed into their SUV.
It happened around 4:30 Tuesday afternoon on Highway 41, just south of Avenue 12.
The California Highway Patrol says the safety chains on a PG&E trailer sparked a grass fire on the side of the road. It then broke free from the truck it was being towed behind and went flying down Highway 41 into oncoming traffic. It ultimately hit an SUV and caused it to flip over. The trailer then caused another grass fire as it came to rest.
Eddie Joe Torres and his friends stopped to help rescue everyone in the SUV.
“I just broke the window with my elbow, got in and pulled the kid out. There were three people when I got into the vehicle, two children and a lady. I didn't even care about the fire to tell you the truth. Sometimes I disregard my own safety. Just trying to get help for others," said Eddie Joe Torres, a Good Samaritan.
Incredibly, no one in the vehicle was seriously hurt, including an infant and a toddler.
“It goes to show what car seats do when infants are in car seats as they are supposed to be in the proper manner," said Omar Godinez of the C.H.P.
Meanwhile, PG&E investigators are now examining every piece of their trailer to determine what went wrong.
“Obviously if it's determined we were at fault we would take responsibility for that. You know I think our focus right now is just very relieved and happy that no one was injured,” said Denny Boyles, PG&E Spokesman.
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