Marine Talks About Saving Lives in Fiery Crash on 163 Freeway

A U.S. Marine is being credited with saving the life of a woman who was injured in a fiery multi-vehicle wreck on state Route 163 in Miramar Tuesday morning.

The crash, which involved at least five vehicles, happened shortly after 8 a.m. on southbound SR-163 near state Route 52, according to California Highway Patrol officials.  

Marine Sergeant Gary Wilson was going to work when he saw the flames. He told reporting partner 10News he jumped off his motorcycle and ran to the burning car.  Sgt. Wilson says he saw a woman trapped inside so he broke the driver's side window and pulled her from the car. 

She had a concussion and blood on her face. “I had my jacket on and didn’t think about it.  I just broke the window and pulled her out,” said Wilson.  After the first rescue, Wilson went to the second car and pried open the female driver's door to get her to safety.“I was doing my job as a Marine. We’re here to serve the people. Not just during war time, but all the time," Wilson said. 

Both of the women were rushed to a hospital, but both were expected to be okay.  There were no other injuries were reported by the CHP but the crash caused a long traffic backup after the closure of at least two lanes as the investigation continued and the wreckage was cleared.

(Photo credit 10News)

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