Will Vader, seen on the left wearing the green shirt, pulled the woman and her baby from the car minutes before it burst into flames. Facebook photo.

VIDEO: Good Samaritans save woman, baby from burning Jeep on B.C. highway

Jeep burst into flames minutes after roll-over crash caused by road rage

The quick thinking of a couple Good Samaritans may have saved the lives of young woman and her baby, after the Jeep they were driving burst into flames following a roll-over crash on Highway 1 in Abbotsford.

Will Vader, 19, and his brother Braeden, 21, were driving behind the woman’s vehicle when they witnessed the road-rage incident which led to the crash on the evening of May 13.

“The Jeep swerved off the road and flipped into the ditch. On impact, the back of the Jeep lit on fire because she had jerry cans in the back,” Vader said. “Immediately, me and my brother got out of the truck and ran up to them and broke the glass and pulled the mother and baby out.

“The flames were rising higher and higher… Two minutes later the car went into a big flameball.”

Vader took a series of videos of the flames after the woman and her child were pulled to safety.

@will.vader

Short story: Me and my brother where first on scene and saved a mother and baby from a burning car, ##fyp ##foryou ##celebratenurses ##finalsathome

♬ original sound – will.vader

The Jeep and another vehicle were taking turns cutting each other off, until eventually the Jeep swerved off the road and crashed, according to Vader. He said the other driver kept driving after the crash.

“There was some back-and-forth road rage going on,” Vader said. “It all happened so fast.”

Both the woman and the other driver were at fault for the accident, according to one woman who witnessed of the accident.

“The Jeep initially brake checked the car and the [woman] fingered the driver,” she said. “The car [after driving ahead] brake checked the Jeep twice, which made the driver lose control.

“It all kind of snowballed together… In the end, this could’ve involved more than just those two vehicles, including my own, which makes me want people to chill out behind the wheel.”

Emergency crews arrived at the scene 10 to 15 minutes after the crash, according to Vader. He said he and his brother stayed with the woman until she was taken to hospital.

The Abbotsford fire-rescue service confirmed that when they attended the scene, both occupants were out of the vehicle and only suffered from minor injuries. They said that the RCMP Traffic Services were responsible for any following investigations.

The News reached out to RCMP Traffic Services to ask for details about the crash and the vehicle which fled the scene, but the media officer said there was no file on the accident.

WATCH: Road rage incident that ends in crash caught on camera in Lower Mainland

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Want to support local journalism during the pandemic? Make a donation here.

abbotsfordroad ragetrans-canada highway

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Boundary freshet 2020: At least 189 properties ordered to evacuate as of June 1

Real-time gauges on the West Kettle, Kettle and Granby rivers suggested Monday water near peak

City of Rossland opens playground structures to public

Residents are reminded to drive cautiously in school zones as children head back to school this week

UPDATED: 189 homes in Grand Forks area given evacuation orders

Homes are in the Nursery, Grand Forks Airport, Gilpin Rd., Johnson Flats and Granby Rd. areas

Mercer Celgar announces 30 days of downtime at Castlegar mill in July

Sawlog stumpage charges on pulpwood and complex stumpage rules some reasons for downtime

Flood warning issued for Boundary as Kettle River expected to rise to 20-year return level

RDKB: This amounts to a high flood risk for low-lying properties in the region

VIDEO: A Vancouver Island black bear takes weekend nap in eagle tree

Videos captured by Terry Eissfeldt shows the bear arriving Saturday night and sleeping in on Sunday

George Floyd asphyxiated by sustained pressure: family autopsy

Death sparked a wave of protests across the U.S. and abroad

COVID-19: B.C. commercial landlords can’t evict if they decline rent assistance

Emergency order ‘incentive’ for federal program, Carole James says

Investigators probe death of CN employee at Surrey rail yard

Transportation Safety Board is investigating an ‘occurrence that took place during switching operations’

Trans Mountain starts B.C. leg of pipeline twinning project

Mostly finished in Alberta, Burnaby terminal expanding

NDP getting COVID-19 wage subsidy ‘indirectly,’ B.C. Liberal leader says

Andrew Wilkinson says he’s heard no concerns from public

Most Read