Good Samaritans rescue man from fiery wreck in Tacoma

Rick Stansell picked the right day to wear his superhero shirt.


The 28-year-old said he happened to be sporting Superman garb Tuesday when he helped pull a man from a fiery wreck in Tacoma.

Washington State Patrol troopers said a 72-year-old man drove off northbound Interstate 5 near the downtown interchange, possibly due to low blood sugar. The driver was not hurt, but his truck caught fire, said spokesman Guy Gill. About five people stopped to help the man, he said.

Stansell told The News Tribune on Thursday he was the first passerby to see the fire and stop.

“I just started running toward the truck, jumping in the sticker bushes, hot-stepping it,” he said.

Another man joined Stansell, and together they got the driver out of the truck. About three others helped the pair get the man up a hill to the road, about 30 feet away, Stansell said.

By then, Stansell said the truck was engulfed in fire.

“It was barreling up smoke, and the flames were pretty high,” he said. “They were probably 10 feet by then.”

Tacoma Fire crews arrived and put out the blaze.