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

(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.

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DougMasters
Oct 2, 2013 3:02 PM CDT
those poor people who burned...
FlowerPower
Oct 2, 2013 2:28 PM CDT
Talk about being in the right place at the right time. Bravo, dude, bravo.
Scaramouche
Oct 2, 2013 2:13 PM CDT
I wonder what kind of person Juan Ganaja will be in his daily life after discovering in himself the love, fortitude and resolve to charge a burning car to save a life? I wonder how much he needed to know that it was in him?