Father and son who saved girl from burning vehicle: 'We were there for a reason'

Father and son who saved girl from burning vehicle: 'We were there for a reason'

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Ronald Wright and his son Joshua say they got to Snows Cut Park just a few minutes before a fatal crash there the morning of Sunday, April 24.

Together the father and son helped save two people from the burning vehicle.

"I think I cried more Sunday than I've ever cried in my life," Ronald Wright said. "Good Lord put us here for a reason. We were going to the beach, but my son said let's go to Snows Cut Park and we were here three minutes before the accident."

They saw a white Yukon XL smashed into a tree just a few yards away. Ronald was the first of seven people to call 911.

The two rushed over. Joshua went in through the back to save two and half year old Jacquelyn Andrews.

"There was just so much adrenaline going on at the time," Joshua said. "It's like a time warp, you know. It wasn't nothing for me to get in the back of that truck and pull that little girl out. I didn't know if it was going to blow up or not and I didn't care."

Others also risked their lives. Two neighbors heard the crash, including Wendell Freeman, who lives across the street on River Road. Jay Muxworthy and his wife Amy had pulled over.

Together they saved the driver, 29-year-old Melissa Henderson, Jacquelyn's mother, pulling her out of the driver's side window. Her son, 13-month-old James Andrews, was still in the back, buckled into his car seat.

"It took four of us to open the door because it was jammed in so bad," said Joshua Wright. "I was counting 1,2,3 yank and finally we got it open."

It was getting hotter and the flames were spreading. They could not get him out. No one had a knife to cut the straps.

It's not an easy thought to take in, but both say they're just thankful they were there.

"We were blessed we were here to help. That's all," Wright added.

We still don't know what happened in the moments leading up to the crash.

A section of River Road was closed for eight hours Sunday as investigators tried to find answers. They're still not saying much, only that this is a criminal investigation.

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