A woman who was travelling on interstate 95 near Walterboro, suffered third-degree burns over 30% of her body, after her motorhome lost control and ended up in the woods on the central reservation. According to emergency officials, the vehicle left the road and went into the central reservation where it struck several trees and burst into flames.
Tim Hunley, a crew member for Will Smith’s movie ‘Gemini Man,’ was on his way home from work when he saw the motorhome on fire and pulled an injured woman from the vehicle. He said, when he ran to the scene to help, what he found was disheartening.
‘It was twisted metal. You couldn’t recognize a cab of a vehicle, where someone might be in there.’
Huntley said he hesitated until he noticed movement from inside the motorhome.
‘I see a woman and at first I’m thinking I can’t go in there I’m going to die.’
‘It’s on fire, and it’s going to blow up at any second. She looks up and sees me and locks eyes with me, and at that point you’re telling yourself you can’t. You can’t leave that poor woman there to die.’
He unbuckled her seatbelt, took her in his arms and did everything he could to pull her out ot safety. She was pulled from the flames with 30% /40% third-degree burns.
‘She was really slippery from all her burns and the blood on her body.’
A CARE flight helicopter arrived on the scene to fly the injured woman to the Augusta Burn Center. At one stage all traffic was blocked as emergency crews responded to the scene.
A responding personnel reported the discovery of the passenger, but they were unable to locate the driver initially. Whilst searches were taking place they found the deceased body inside the cab of the motorhome.
Tim Hunley said that he is not a religious man, but believes God has a plan and that finding the burning motorhome that day was part of it.
‘I think he might have had me here in Savannah to be on 95 that day to help someone in need.’
The survivor was from Tampa, Florida and she remains in hospital.