NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A man was rescued from a burning car after a multiple-car collision on Interstate 65 not far from the Metro Center area.
Officials with the Tennessee Department of Transportation said the incident was reported just before 5 p.m. Wednesday at exit 85 in the northbound lanes, near Metro Center and Rosa Parks Boulevard.
Northbound lanes of the interstate were shut down for more than an hour as a result of the incident.
A near-by neighbor had just arrived home from work when the wreck occurred, and he immediately ran to the scene.
"Ah man, it sounded like a bomb or something. It was real bad," Andrew Christian said.
When he got to the interstate, he saw a car with its engine on fire.
“When they said someone was inside the car, I just tried opening the doors, but they were locked, so I had to bust the back window out,” Christian explained.
He and another man then got into the car and to the driver who was in the passenger seat.
“Someone jumped in, unlocked the front door, and me and another guy pulled him out,” Christian said.
They carried the man to the side of the interstate and waited for emergency personnel to arrive. Minutes later, the car was engulfed in flames.
“After he was lying on the ground and it started popping, and all that, I was like man, we got him out of there in the nick of time,” Christian explained.
When he showed his cell phone video of the car fire to his girlfriend, she was not surprised by Christian’s actions.
“Because Andrew is always at the right place at the right time,” Andrea McFarland said.
She would know as she credits Christian for saving her from a flooded apartment in the Metro Center area in the floods of May 2010.
“That's how we are four years later, together, so it doesn't surprise me that he came to someone else's rescue, not at all,” McFarland said.
Many people are calling Christian a hero, but he said he was just what had to be done.
“Nah, I just wanted to get him out of there. I just wanted to get him out. That's the only thing I could think of, was get him out,” Christian said.
Investigators with Metro Police are still investigating Wednesday’s wreck.