Two bros were driving along I-95 outside of Jacksonville, Florida on Friday night when all hell broke loose. Jason Nelson and Steve Hill are movers from Michigan but were in Florida for work and spotted the burning vehicle on the side of the highway just moments after the accident. The two bros snapped into action and rescued a 1-year-old baby girl from the SUV that’d flipped on the side of I-95 and was slowly becoming engulfed in flames.
Troopers said Dufek was traveling at such a high rate of speed that he ran off the road, through the median and through several trees before coming to a stop at Western Way, which runs parallel to I-95.
The SUV flipped over and caught fire.
Dufek died in the crash, but Jason Nelson and Steve Hill were able to pull Avalyn from the SUV before it became fully engulfed in flames.
We were driving down Western Way and we noticed a fire and stuff,” Nelson said. “At first we didn’t notice there was a baby in there. The flames were basically blocking him and the seat. Then (Hill) went to get ahold of the guy, (and) he goes, ‘Oh my God! There’s a baby! There’s a baby’!’”
Hill struggled to pull Avalyn out, nearly breaking her car seat, but she was safe. Nelson and another man pulled Daniel Dufek out just seconds before the car burst into flames.
“It was literally, just, like a tin can folded up. You couldn’t tell what kind of car it was. It had no roof on it,” Nelson said.
— News4JAX (@wjxt4) November 20, 2015
Just a couple of bros seeing a catastrophe unfolding and jumping into action to save the day. This story isn’t a happy one because the 1-year-old girl has lost her father before she ever even got a chance to know him, but at least one life was saved from the burning vehicle.
If I knew these bros I’d gladly buy them a round of shots, beers, or whatever the hell it is they want to drink, because they’re heroes.