01/26/2013 05:01 pm ET

Ken Cuccinelli Helps Rescue Truck Driver From Burning Rig

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli helped a trucker out of her rig after he noticed the back of her semi-truck was engulfed in flames, Richmond's WWBT reports.

Cuccinelli was traveling Richmond when he and driver Cory Chenard noticed smoke coming from the back tires of a semi-truck with a heavy load. The Virginia gubernatorial candidate said the driver -- who did not need to be taken to the hospital, and whose name was not released -- wasn't aware of the situation.

Cuccinelli said the semi-truck it "looked like her brakes locked up and one of the wheels was burning" from behind. WWBT reports:

Chenard said he pulled the car up along side of the semi and saw the back tires of the trailer engulfed in flames. It was clear the driver was not aware of the problem. Chenard honked his horn to get the driver's attention and Cuccinelli yelled to the driver out the window, convincing her to pull over.

As soon as they both came to a stop, the Attorney General went to assess the situation.

"I skipped by the cab back to the back of the truck and, sure enough, it was still on fire," he said.

Cuccinelli helped the driver out of the cab of the truck and then went in search of a fire extinguisher. After finding one he instructed Chenard to call for help and he ran to the back of the truck to help the driver put out the flames.

Cuccinelli is currently up against Democrat Terry McAuliffe in a competitive race for Virginia's governorship that will be decided in November 2013. Several polls have shown the two in a dead heat so far.



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