Passersby save woman pinned inside car

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MECHANICSVILLE, VA (WWBT) - A Hanover county woman is alive tonight thanks to the heroic efforts of two good Samaritans.

After a fiery crash on Beulah Church Road in Black Creek, two passersby came to her rescue. Emergency workers say the woman was pinned inside and close to death until two men happened to come by.

Everything is quiet on Beulah Church Road now, but the evidence remains of the horrific scene that unfolded here Tuesday night; a woman slammed into a tree, her car catching on fire.  She would have died in that fiery crash if it hadn't been for two men who stopped to help her.

Darryl Starnes was on his way home from the gym when he came across the crash. The SUV was on fire and the woman inside was pinned in and screaming.

"I was never more frightened for anyone's life as I was for hers at that moment," Darryl explains. He says he didn't even think twice before jumping out to help.

Moments later Curtis Combs showed up. Darryl got into the back of the car, and Curtis dove through the passenger window and together they untangled the woman from the wreckage and pulled her to safety.

"We are speaking seconds here; he had no sooner cleared the car that the battery exploded I think, and fire spread through the vehicle, and it went up in flames," Darryl said.

These men escaped with a few scrapes a bruises and a slightly burned hand--amazing when you see what was left after all was said and done.

Battalion Chief Willie Jones says they put their lives at risk to save the woman.

"If it wasn't for those guys, I truly believe that she wouldn't have survived the crash," Jones says.

These once strangers have become fast friends. They had never met before Tuesday night but say they are forever bound by something they will never forget. And while they were quick to sing each other's praises, they say the term "hero" is too generous. They were just doing what they thought was right.

"If you were here and seen it, you would have done the same thing I guess," Curtis said.

As for victim in this crash, she is continuing her recovery at VCU Medical Center.

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