Hero FedEx Driver Pulls Man From Burning Car

A courageous California FedEx driver who found himself in a life-or-death situation emerged as a hero. Without hesitation, he stopped his truck and pulled a man from a burning vehicle seconds before it exploded and became completely engulfed in flames.

Dramatic video footage showed 41-year-old Jonathan Rohrback springing into action on Interstate 15 in San Diego around 3 a.m. on Wednesday. The 20-year trucking veteran saw a Toyota Camry that had hit the guardrail on fire.

He immediately noticed that no one was outside of the car on their phone or surveying the damage as you normally see after an accident.


Rohrback recalled to KGTV, “As soon as I saw the car, it was still actively on fire. You gotta stop to see if you can do anything at all.”

He noted that as a truck driver for decades he has seen many accidents. However, few reached the level of this one, “especially being the first one [at the scene].”

What Rohrback found was shocking. The 28-year-old driver was immobilized in the burning car repeating, “My legs, my legs.”

The heroic delivery driver said he took his truck’s fire extinguisher and attempted to put the fire out. It was almost extinguished but then the fire extinguisher ran out. “It died down enough to where it at least bought us a couple of minutes to where I went back to him.”

At that point, however, the flames sprang back up and again engulfed the vehicle.

Rohrback said the car quickly filled with smoke and he was forced to drag the driver out despite serious leg injuries suffered in the crash.

Witnesses reported several small explosions before the car was completely consumed by flames. The incident was captured on video by a KGTV cameraman, who responded to the crash.

The fortunate victim was rushed to a San Diego hospital with what were described as serious but not life-threatening injuries. The California Highway Patrol said the cause of the accident is under investigation, though drugs or alcohol are not believed to have been involved.

Rohrback told local media that the first thing that ran through his mind was that there might be a person inside who needed help. “I was trying to see if there was anybody else in the car…using the flashlight on my phone.”

He declined to categorize himself as a hero, instead saying that he was just someone doing the right thing. “If I was hurt or, you know, my family was hurt or anybody, you know, if it looks like there’s some way that you might need to help somebody, why not stop and help them?”