Officer saves woman moments before car explodes

MISSOURI (WCMH)– A Missouri State Trooper is being called a hero after saving a woman from a fiery crash, and it was all caught on camera.

According to CNN, a driver was running from police when he struck another car. Missouri State Trooper Jim Thuss had clocked the suspect at about 100 mph when the crash happened.

“Both vehicles spin out of control. I just called it in, knew I needed to get down here. I could see, see the fireball. I could see the pretty good size plume of smoke come up from that,” Thuss said.

Flames began to spread quickly, and Thuss ran to 60-year-old Becky Crawford’s totaled Honda Civic as gas spilled from its tank.

Crawford was unable to move because of several broken bones, including her back.

“Climbed inside. Undid her seatbelt. Asked her if she was okay. She said I hurt. I said I know you do but we got to get you out of here,” Thuss told CNN.

About 90 seconds after removing Crawford from the vehicle, the car exploded.

Thuss doesn’t believe he’s a hero, but was just doing what any other officer would have done.

Crawford is still receiving from injuries she suffered in the crash, but doctors expect her to make a full recovery. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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