E! News conducted an interview with the sole eyewitness to the tragic plane crash that killed four and injured Travis Barker and DJ AM late Friday night. The whole interview airs Tuesday night on E!, but they have released a harrowing clip. William Owens happened to be driving down a South Carolina highway when the Lear jet barreled off the runway and exploded like "a ball of fire going across the road."
"It ignites--it crashed, in fact--went across the highway and crashed, dumping two guys out onto the highway, and they were on fire, I'm seeing that as I approach, and the plane is burning slightly."
"I crossed the jet fuel to get closer to the guys who were still beating the flames off of them, the DJ is helping the drummer get out of his pants, he strips off and he's standing there naked. The two go to the grass. They're circling; they're, like, stunned. I certainly am as well; I don't know what to do. They don't know what to do."
Owens says he asked who else was on the plane and Goldstein told him there were four others.
"We both took a step to go towards the plane like maybe we could do something. We couldn't, because now close to a minute has expired and the plane is burning badly. It was a totally helpless, hopeless situation. I knew they were dead and I was sure of it, because by now the plane is boiling, if the wreck didn't get them I know the flames did and I just hope that they were either dead or unconscious.
"I heard no screams, I was grateful for that," Owens says.
"I didn't see the burns, I just know that they were on fire and I figured they put themselves out and they were fine. Like I said, they weren't cry babies."
He describes the two as shocked, not crying or speaking: "All I heard ... them say was 'Oh, my god.' I said nothing more to them; they said nothing more to me."
Watch a clip:
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