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Good Samaritan meets man he pulled from fiery crash

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) — Two men reunited Friday with hugs and tears after one of them pulled the other out of his burning truck after a crash on U.S. 33.

“Thank you very much,” David Miller says.

“That was a scary moment for you,” Tim Vachon replies.

“It was. It was very scary,” Miller agrees.

David Miller and Tim Vachon saw each other Friday afternoon for the first time since Tim pulled David from his flipped and burning dump truck on U.S. 33 earlier this week.

“Couple minutes later and I was history,” Miller says.

Tim says he pulled behind a line of cars, parked, and ran to the wreckage almost without thinking.

“Nobody would go down there because they all kept saying it was going to explode, and I go you can’t let this guy die because I hear him screaming in there. I couldn’t let him burn to death. So nobody attempted to go down there. But you did! Well, somebody had to, and I just felt I had to do it,” he says.

After David’s truck flipped, his foot was stuck — wedged between the clutch and the floor until he could wriggle his foot out of his boot.

“Hoping I’d get to see my family again and just hoping to get out… Kicked out the window and here he was. Got my hand out and he pulled me out and here I am today. Guardian angels were there,” Miller says.

“God put me there at the right time is what He did. A plan,” Vachon says.

“He did, and I had an angel on my shoulder,” Miller says.

“We both had angels because our guardian angels protected us from that fire,” Vachon agrees.

Some nasty bruises and scrapes aside, David’s grateful to be alive.

It all happened so fast they didn’t really get a chance to meet.

“I cried when I left the scene, I realized God kept us safe through it all, because we could all have been gone that quick because that fire just took over that quick. And I thanked him and our guardian angels to keep us safe,” Vachon says

David’s wife cried when she met Tim.

“It didn’t really hit me until this morning that our anniversary is next week, so I don’t really know what an anniversary would be like without my husband. Thanks to him you don’t have to. That’s right. It’ll be a really big anniversary!” Trudy Miller says.

“I’m glad to be standing here right now. Things could have been a lot worse,” David Miller says.

David tells us he’s still having nightmares about the fiery crash, and that he still hasn’t been able to get behind the wheel, but that he’s working on it.

We wish all of them the best.

Corinne Rose

Corinne Rose is a reporter for WPTA.

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