ENON, Ohio(WDTN)- Thursday was a dangerous day to be on the road. Several people died after fiery crashes. One of those crashes was on the eastbound side of Interstate 70 near exit 48.
Ohio State Highway Patrol said 66-year-old Jimmy Carnegie from Englewood was the victim of that crash. OSP said he was wearing his seatbelt in his SUV when a semi struck him from behind.
Taylor Prestel was on I-70 on her way to Columbus when she came up on the scene.
“I saw a car in flames and there was smoke going everywhere,” Prestel said.
She said she saw several people pulling Carnegie out of his suv.
OSP said Carnegie did not die from flames that engulfed his car. They said it appears he died from other injuries as he was pulled out before his SUV was fully engulfed.
“That’s when I pulled over and called 911 because I didn’t know if anyone had. Also to see if he needed CPR because apparently he had no pulse,” Prestel said.
The crash closed the eastbound lanes of I-70 for three hours. Traffic backed up for miles as crews cleaned up the scene.
OSP is now admiring the actions of Prestel and others who helped.
“You can’t help but be impressed and have some sort of admiration for someone who would put themselves in harm’s way to help another human being,” Seargant Matt Cleavland of OSP.
While lanes eventually opened back up to traffic, Prestel was still reeling from what she’d seen.
“It was honestly, very very scary. I’ve never seen anything like that,” Prestel said.
The driver of the semi that hit Carnegie walked away with minor injuries. This crash is still under investigation.