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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A crash along I-64 involving an 18-wheeler sparked a massive fire and a daring rescue.
"All we seen was flames just shooting out the back of the truck. We saw them flying over the side, and then we all just took off running," said Mark Hauschild of JBI Construction.
Early Tuesday morning as JBI Construction crews worked on a curbing project on Hurstbourne Lane, a semi-truck carrying first-class and priority mail careened over a cement barrier about 100 yards away on I-64.
Workers say what happened next was as surprising as the blast.
"I ran up there, grabbed his feet and started pulling him out, and when he flipped out, his foot got hung in the tree," said former Marine Caje Bagwell. "It felt like it was taking forever. I said, 'Man, this is taking a long time with the truck on fire and flames already coming out of the cab,' so I just pulled his foot out of the trees and got him down. "
Bagwell darted up a tree into the flames to pull the truck driver to safety. The truck driver, Ronald George, lost a shoe, but firefighters say he's ok.
Bagwell is now being called a hero. He returned to the scene not wanting praise, but only looking for the hat he lost in the rescue.
"I just wanted to get him out and make sure he was all right. I'd want someone to do it for me if it was the same situation," said Caje.
The driver was heading for North Carolina, and most of the mail on the post office truck was destroyed. Customers who feel their package may have been destroyed should contact the post office at 1-800-275-8777 for further assistance.