5-Year-Old Saves 2-Year-Old Brother After Deadly Crash

He pulled his brother from the burning wreckage
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 14, 2016 6:32 PM CDT
5-Year-Old Saves 2-Year-Old Brother After Deadly Crash
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A 5-year-old boy is being called a hero after pulling his 2-year-old brother from the fiery wreck that killed their father, KPRC reports. According to KHOU, the boys were riding in an 18-wheel moving truck with their father shortly after 1am Friday in Houston when the truck hit a guardrail and pillar and flipped over. It's unclear what caused their father to lose control. Both the 5-year-old and his father were ejected from the truck, which burst into flames. The 5-year-old somehow escaped serious injury, went back to the burning truck, and pulled his younger brother to safety, the New York Daily News reports.

"He’s a trooper," Sgt. James Roque tells KPRC. "He helped us out a lot to piece together a lot of things we would not have known." The boys' mother was in an RV driving ahead of the truck—the family was moving to Galveston—and kept going, apparently unaware of the crash. She didn't find out until hours later. Both boys were taken to the hospital. The 2-year-old has severe burns but is expected to recover. (Read more car crash stories.)

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