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Good Samaritans race to rescue trapped bus passengers

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Several people raced to rescue more than 40 passengers on board The Cardinal Coach Line bus headed to the Choctaw Casino in Oklahoma.

One man happened to take a different route that led him to this accident and put his life-saving skills to work.

Six Flags overnight security guard and 10-year EMT Andrew Tucker heads home on the President George Bush Turnpike every morning around 8 a.m. On Thursday, he stopped at the IHOP one block down. As he drove down the service road a few yards he saw the overturned bus and rushed to help. He crawled through the broken windshield asking the driver how many were onboard.

"I just happened to be in the right place at the right time," said Andrew Tucker. "I started at the front of the bus and worked my way back seeing who was able to walk to get out because we wanted to get all those who could toward the back of the bus and away from the fuel and off of everybody else that was already injured."

His first priority was getting the walking wounded out so he could help those pinned underneath them.

He saw one woman face down in the dirt pinned under four others.

"I thought she was dead. I reached down and rubbed her shoulder and she said, I'm alive and when you're ready to move me just let me know," said Andrew Tucker.

Dan Risik, 73, of Fort Worth, was lucky. He was only tangled between two people and sustained a few cuts and bruises.

"People were on top of people, screaming, hollering, yelling for help," he said.

Risik is out of hospital and feels fortunate to be nearly injury-free and grateful to people like Andrew Tucker for their heroism.

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