We’ve all seen our fill of road rage videos that begin with one driver yelling at another motorist for one reason or another.
This story starts out the same way, but the similarities end there. After the situation could have turned deadly, the other driver is calling the woman who yelled at her an “angel.”
While driving on a Florida highway, Meridith Olinger spotted a motorist in danger.
Meridith Olinger was driving on I-4 in Central Florida when she noticed a car next to her had flames spewing out from underneath it.
“Get over! Get over!” she yelled through her window as the two cars cruised down the highway.
Finally, the other car pulled onto the shoulder and burst into flames.
Susan King, who was driving her friend Tyla Kennedy’s 2012 Kia Sorento, eventually pulled onto the side of the highway and exited the car.
“I got out and suddenly the car was engulfed in flames,” King told WESH. “[Olinger] saved my life. I’m incredibly grateful and she was my angel that day. It was surreal.”
If King hadn’t pulled over, she could have been caught inside.
While King was able to escape the roadside inferno, many of her friend’s personal possessions didn’t survive. The SUV was totaled within minutes.
Everyone involved was glad no one was injured.
Kennedy’s SUV was reportedly one of 500,000 vehicles that had been recalled due to a possible engine defect, though Kennedy never received a recall notice.
It’s still unclear if the engine caused the fire; however, Kennedy said she wants to make sure others don’t find themselves in a similar situation.
“I just want the awareness to be out there so that people who don’t have their address on file like myself can get the proper engine replacement on their car,” she said.