Deliveryman Carries Teen From Burning Vehicle

But it was too late to help her 5 friends inside

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Oct 2, 2013 1:15 PM CDT

(Newser) – A car crash that claimed the lives of five young adults in California over the weekend might have claimed a sixth had a deliveryman not heard her screams, reports NBC Los Angeles. Juan Ganaja, who works for the Hook Burger chain, heard calls for help about 4:20am Saturday in Burbank. He climbed two fences, clambered over railroad tracks, and arrived at the scene of a horrific car accident. Savannah Underwood, 18, had just climbed out of the wreck but had a broken leg and crushed pelvis, and Ganaja carried her to safety just before the car exploded in flames.

When Underwood then told him about her five friends still in the car, which had slammed into a concrete pillar under a freeway overpass, Ganaja tried to return but was forced back by the intensity of the flames, reports the LA Times. Underwood was not the driver in the crash, which remains under investigation. "I survived for a reason last night, & am determined to figure out why, stay strong everyone," she tweeted.

Deliveryman Juan Ganaja, in a frame grab from video at NBC Los Angeles.
Deliveryman Juan Ganaja, in a frame grab from video at NBC Los Angeles.   (NBC Los Angeles)
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