JACKSON COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) -- The Florida Highway Patrol has identified two good Samaritans who pulled a woman from a burning car following a fatal wreck Monday in Jackson County.
It happened about 1:15 p.m. Monday near County Road 162 and White Pond Road. Florida Highway Patrol troopers say Gary Murphy, 55, of Tallahassee, was driving west on County Road 162 when he lost control of his car. It crossed over the oncoming lane and off the road, hit and embankment and overturned. It then caught fire. Murphy was killed in the crash.
However, two good Samaritans were able to pull the passenger, 50-year-old Pamela Austin, also of Tallahassee, to safety.
According to a release from FHP, "Melanie Faircloth was traveling on County Road 162 when she observed a vehicle crash. The vehicle involved in the crash was inverted and on fire. Realizing the vehicle was still occupied and with blatant disregard for her own safety, Mrs. Faircloth attempted to rescue the trapped occupants. When Mrs. Faircloth was unable to reach the trapped occupants she was able to flag down another passing motorist.
"Justin Morrison was in his ADT Security Services Vehicle when he observed Mrs. Faircloth waving him down. Mr. Morrison stopped and in blatant disregard for his own safety began to assist Mrs. Faircloth with the rescue of the trapped occupants. Due to their combined efforts they were able to break the vehicle’s front right window and ultimately extract the passenger, Pamela Austin, from the vehicle after cutting her seatbelt.
"Mrs. Austin would have been fatally injured as a result of the crash had it not been for the heroic efforts of both Mrs. Faircloth and Mr. Morrison. Mrs. Austin was transported to Mobile, Alabama where she is undergoing treatment for thermal injuries sustained prior to her rescue."
According to investigators, Faircloth is from Marianna and Morrison is from Tallahassee.