Motorists help woman, child pinned in burning car

By the Associated Press | August 16, 2012 | 5:37 PM EDT

Passers-bye use a hose from a cement mixer and bottles of spring water to douse the fire as they rescue a woman pinned in a burning car on Interstate 10 in Hancock County, Miss., Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012. The fire was extinguished by the hose of a cement mixer, and fire extinguishers from nearby 18 wheelers. The woman was then extracted from the wreckage by the civilians as rescue personnel arrived, and she and her handicapped child, who was removed from the wreckage early, were airlifted from the scene. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

HANCOCK COUNTY, Miss. (AP) — Passing motorists who saw smoke billowing from a stand of pine trees along Interstate 10 in southern Mississippi rescued a woman and her disabled teenage daughter trapped inside a wrecked, burning sport utility vehicle.

Fifteen to 20 motorists, including a photographer for The Associated Press, managed to save the woman and girl Thursday afternoon in Hancock County.

Photographer Gerald Herbert said the rescuers pulled the girl from the wreck first, but getting the woman out was difficult.

As flames spread in the SUV and the driver screamed in panic, Herbert and others flagged down motorists in a desperate search of fire extinguishers.

Using extinguishers provided by passing truckers, the rescuers were able to control the fire as they worked to get the woman out of the SUV.