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Good Samaritans rescue two from burning car in Mississippi

Gerald Herbert / AP

Passers-by rescue a woman pinned in a burning car on Interstate 10 in Hancock County, Miss., Thursday, Aug. 16.

Gerald Herbert / AP

Passers-by rescue a woman pinned in a burning car on Interstate 10 in Hancock County, Miss., Thursday, Aug. 16.

Gerald Herbert / AP

Passers-by hold a woman after they rescued her from being pinned in a burning car on Interstate 10 in Hancock County, Miss., Thursday, Aug. 16.

Gerald Herbert / AP

A firefighter comforts a handicapped girl who was rescued from a burning car, as others stabilize the driver in the background, after passers-by rescued the driver pinned in a burning car on Interstate 10 in Hancock County, Miss., Thursday, Aug. 16.

Two people were rescued by passers-by from a burning car in Mississippi following an accident on Thursday and AP photographer Gerald Herbert was there to capture it.  The fire was extinguished by the hose of a cement mixer and fire extinguishers from nearby truckers. The driver was then extracted from the wreckage by civilians as rescue personnel arrived.  She and her handicapped sister, who was removed from the wreckage earlier, were airlifted from the scene.  

"We were all sure she was going to perish. The sounds of her screams and the sight of the fire inching closer to her, that was the most horrible and helpless feeling I've ever felt in my life," Herbert told the AP.

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Moments after an SUV careened out of control, struck a tree and caught fire on a Mississippi highway median strip, dozens of fellow motorists rushed to help, saving the lives of two women.