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Men rescue mom, daughter from car moments before it catches fire

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Family members say Melissa Noble and her daughter, Ava Grace, were in the Honda when it crashed in Pender County Thursday. Family members say Melissa Noble and her daughter, Ava Grace, were in the Honda when it crashed in Pender County Thursday.
Moments before the car caught fire, Donald Watkins Jr. and Shane Davis pulled Melissa and her daughter out of the vehicle. Moments before the car caught fire, Donald Watkins Jr. and Shane Davis pulled Melissa and her daughter out of the vehicle.

PENDER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - A mother and her four year old daughter are recovering after a brush with death. They were in a car crash Thursday in Pender County, on Highway 50 in the Maple Hill community.

According to highway troopers Melissa Noble and her daughter Ava Grace were trapped in their car after being involved in a head on collision.

Investigators say, Donald Watkins Jr. a college student who's home for the summer and a UPS worker named Shane Davis pulled the mother and daughter out of the car just moments before it caught fire. 

Watkins says, he was outside washing his car when the crash happened.

"I heard this loud boom! I turned around thinking someone ran off the road and kept going. I turned around and it's two cars, one in the ditch and one in road," said Watkins.

After calling 911, Watkins tells us, he saw smoke coming from the car and that's when he jumped into action.

"I tried to assist the driver first. She was like no get my baby. So I got her baby out. Then I tried to assist the other three that were trapped in the car," added Watkins.

Once those people were out, Watkins says, Davis who was driving his UPS truck helped him pull out the driver.

"If he wouldn't have came, I don't think I would have pulled her out in time. He helped me pull her out and soon as we got her out the car less than a minute the car was up in flames," said Watkins.

Noble's family members are calling Watkins and Davis walking angels. 

"It could have ended way worse. Timing was everything in this. For me going inside running back out noticing there was a fire to the UPS guy showing up delivering a package. Timing was key. You can thank no one but the good man above for that," added Watkins.

Noble and her daughter are being treated at New Hanover Medical Center. 

Highway troopers say the fire was so hot, the license plate on the vehicle actually melted.

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