Austin Ketelsen was driving home from seeing "Fast & Furious 6" when he spotted a scene on the I-290 near Chicago that could have come straight from the movie itself.
The 21-year-old was on I-290 in suburban Elk Grove Village around 1:40 a.m. Wednesday when he saw a woman lose control of her minivan and strike a light pole near Biesterfield Road.
The impact sent her vehicle careening across four lanes of traffic, according the Tribune, and the van then hit a concrete median before bursting into flames.
“Her face was all bleeding. I can tell she was rummaging for something, maybe her phone, and we’re like, ‘Miss, your car’s on fire you need to get out,'” Ketelsen told WGN. “I asked if she had any kids or pets in there, and she said no. Then I said you gotta get out of here, your car’s on fire.”
Ketelsen told reporters on the scene, "Jeez, everything was so fast." (Video embedded above.)
The good Samaritan said the driver seemed dazed when he approached her in the car, and that the two walked away before the minivan was totally engulfed in flames.
"We appreciate their efforts and any other bystander that stopped and offered assistance," Oak Lawn Battalion Chief Scott Peterson told NBC Chicago. "That made it a happy ending tonight, that we didn't have a fatality and we were able to successfully get her out of that van before it got engulfed in fire."
The victim of the crash was at a hospital recovering from non-life-threatening injuries Wednesday, ABC Chicago reports. The cause of the crash was under investigation.