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Teen saves friends from burning SUV

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KAUFMAN, Texas -

Several Kaufman teenagers are recovering after a terrifying crash. But at least they're alive thanks in part to the heroic efforts of one of their friends.

Esteban Esquibel said he and five other friends who work on the high school newspaper and yearbook staff were out trying to sell ads Wednesday when the accident happened.

As they were driving along County Road 153 their SUV hit a ditch and rolled three times before landing in a field upside down and ultimately catching fire.

Esquibel was the only person who wasn't hurt. He was able to climb out of the wreckage and pull one friend from the vehicle.

"She had said, ‘Come help me get out.' So I ran around to the other side, unbuckled her and pulled her out and moved her back," he said.

Two friends were ejected. Esquibel pulled them away because he suspected the SUV might catch fire.

Another friend was able to escape out of a back window. And then they all heard the last victim calling out.

"'I'm in the car. Come help me.' So I had went down and unbuckled him and pulled him out. I tossed him over my shoulder and moved him back a good 50 yards with everyone else. And when I put him down I turned around and the car was on fire," he said.

As they watched the SUV burn, Esquibel said everyone knew their lives would never be the same.

"It was life changing. It really was," he said. "I felt like there were angels surrounding us the whole time. If that wouldn't have happened then some of us wouldn't have been here."

The teen doesn't consider himself a hero. He said he was only doing what his friends would have done for him.

"I was just there. I was one of the people that helped," he said.

One of the victims is still in the hospital, but everyone is expected to recover.

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