09/21/2012 03:31 pm ET Updated Sep 21, 2012

Greg Nelson Granted Second Chance After Heroes Pull Him From His Burning Car (VIDEO)

One New Jersey man owes his life to a complete stranger after the good samaritan pulled him from his burning car, saving his life.

Greg Nelson was stopped on the New Jersey turnpike Wednesday night when he was struck by a drunk driver. His car immediately burst into flames leaving no way for Nelson or his cousin to escape.


According to Yahoo News, Nelson is now at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital recovering from burns on his hand, shins and a neck and arm injury. It is a miracle the 29-year-old is alive after the horrific crash, and he insists on talking about the stranger who saved his life.

“I want to thank God. It’s a second chance in life,” Nelson told CBS from his hospital bed. “I was sitting on the side of the road, next thing I know, I was being pulled out of a burning vehicle.”

When ABC asked Nelson what he remembered from the crash, he answered "that I was going to die."

Just before 8:00 pm on Wednesday, Nelson was stranded on the side of the highway and waiting in his car for his grandmother to arrive, when an intoxicated 22-year-old Tynell Crudup crashed into him.

That was when the good samaritan, whom Nelson remembers as being named Doug, and several others pulled over and helped pull Nelson and his cousin from the burning vehicle.

“I don’t even know them [I want to] just thank them and thank God he was there,” Nelson told CBS.

"He probably was an angel sent by God because if it had not been for this gentleman and others who stopped to help, that, my God, we wouldn't be standing here talking to him, and we want to thank him from the bottom of our hearts," said Lynn Williams, a family member to ABC.

Nelson also has a message for the intoxicated man who hit him, nearly taking his life. "You not only put yourself in danger, but you put other people in danger. Like I said, had it not been for the guy who pulled me out and my cousin, I wouldn’t be here," he told Yahoo news.

Watch the video above, courtesy of CBS.



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