Truck driver sees car burst into flames in front of him—but what he sees, he thought no one survived

August 29, 2017 2:27 pm Last Updated: December 22, 2017 2:19 pm


Truck driver David Fredericksen and his friend were driving on the interstate in Biloxi, Mississippi on August 11, 2014 when he noticed a car driving the wrong way. Moments later, the car exploded in a ball of flames as it smashed into an oncoming truck, while David’s dash cam recorded it all.

In an instant…

The car was still on fire. David prayed as he came to a stop, grabbed his fire extinguisher, and ran toward the blazing wreckage to see if he could help. 

Fredericksen thought, “God, please don’t let me have to deal with somebody halfway burned alive, screaming,” he told CBN in an interview.

He didn’t think anybody could have survived.

Having seen the horrific accident happen right before his very eyes, he feared the worst. “My first reaction was I didn’t think they were alive.”

But as Fredericksen used his fire extinguisher to try to put out the fire, he saw movement in the car.

“I saw this little head pop out of the window,” he explained, “I was immediately like, ‘Wow, they’re alive.'”

He grabbed his fire extinguisher and ran to them.

The two people inside of the car were an elderly woman and her two-year-old granddaughter. The lady was laying in the front seat, trying to kick the door open, and Fredericksen was pulling on it to help. But time was running out. The door would not open.

What could be done?

“At that point, what could I do? I had never been in a situation like that,” Fredericksen said.

And then, just before other motorists had reached the scene to assist, the door finally broke free. Fredericksen hopped in the back seat and took the little girl out and away from the vehicle to safety, while others helped the woman.

“It was surreal that they were ok,” said Fredericksen.  “I didn’t think anybody could live through it truthfully.”

Divine Intervention

David Fredericksen is a spiritual man. He believes God intervened and used him to help rescue the little girl and her grandmother. 

“The car was just on fire there and I didn’t burn my hands, it wasn’t hot, and I do believe that He protected me and protected them,” said Fredericksen. “If I would’ve been 20 seconds sooner, 10 seconds sooner, it would’ve been me she [the wrong-way driver] hit.”