Soldiers pull man from fiery crash in Franklin County

Driver may have fallen asleep at the wheel on Interstate 64

State Journal staff report, Published:

A man survived a violent crash Sunday evening after authorities said four soldiers pulled him from his burning SUV.

Franklin County Sheriff Pat Melton said Raymond Burdett of Ontario, Canada, was driving east on Interstate 64 just after 5:30 p.m.

Burdett allegedly dropped off the left shoulder near mile marker 58, overcorrected and drove off the right side of the roadway into a rocky ditch.

Melton said witnesses reported Burdett’s SUV flipped end-over-end three times before landing on its roof and bursting into flames. Burdett was trapped inside.

Melton said three uniformed soldiers, who saw the crash as they were driving on the opposite side of the
interstate, pulled over.

They crossed the cable barrier and entered the SUV to rescue the driver, witnesses said. A fourth man, who happened to be a soldier in plain clothes, also allegedly stopped and entered the SUV to cut Burdett’s seatbelt.

The four men were able to get Burdett free, Melton said, and drag him away from the crash.

Burdett was taken to Frankfort Regional Medical Center and then flown to University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center.

Melton said Burdett sustained serious injuries, but they aren’t believed to be life threatening.

Melton said Burdett thought he might have fallen asleep while driving.

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  • "...Burdett’s SUV flipped end-over-end three times before landing on its roof and bursting into flames. Burdett was trapped inside."

    Whoa!  This guy is lucky to be alive! Samaritans are good to have around.

  • Awesome people doing awesome deeds. God bless them. 

  • One lucky traveler thanks to four good men.  Bravo!

  • Good job!

    Thank you for your service!