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Video shows heroes in fiery fatal crash

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Newly released dash cam video of a deadly accident along north Central Expressway last year shows just how many people tried to save the victims.

The violent crash happened in the early morning hours of Oct. 5 on the service road near Hall Street. Police said the driver lost control. His car hit a fence and utility pole and then burst into flames.

Long before paramedics and firefighters arrived on scene, people shaken from their nearby apartment homes tried to help.

The dash cam video from the first police squad car to arrive shows Good Samaritans pull one man from the fiery car. Then as many as a dozen police officers tried to save the other two men, emptying extinguishers in an attempt to fight the fire.

Firefighters had yet to arrive but sirens could be heard screaming in the distance as an engine passed by. Officers told dispatch the truck needed to turn around.

"We had an inaccurate address to start off with and as we changed address there was only one way to get to the address we were dispatched to which was on the freeway," said Lt. Joel Lavender with Dallas Fire-Rescue.

The trucks were on the freeway, but the burning car was not. It was on the service road which is above Central Expressway in that area. Fire crews had to pass the crash then double back.

Originally the family members of Josh Armstead and Trey Pupenbroke criticized the department for the delay. It took firefighters nearly nine minutes to get on scene.

But a medical examiner ruled both died of blunt force trauma and not from smoke inhalation or flames.

The third man in the car survived because of the people who thought nothing of their own safety and rushed into a fiery furnace to try to save someone else's life.

It was a horrific tragedy, but also a tragedy that showed what good people will do to try to help their fellow man.


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