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Posted on Tue, Oct 18, 2011 : 2:54 p.m.

Motorist who helped pull man from burning vehicle talks about rescue effort

By Staff

One of the men who helped pull a man from his burning vehicle Tuesday said he acted on instinct and didn't think twice about trying to rescue the man.

Carlos Quintanilla, of Flint, was returning from a job interview in Jackson when he watched an eastbound van on Interstate 94 go into the center median, cross over the expressway and crash into an open field. The vehicle was on fire during the entire incident, and Quintanilla and another man pulled the man from the van so he could be taken to University of Michigan Hospital.

Sports producer Rich Rezler was on scene at the accident.



Wed, Oct 19, 2011 : 6:13 p.m.

Unfortunately the victim died today, RIP to him. Mr. Quintanilla and the other motorist who helped save him from the initial wreck are still heroes none the less


Tue, Oct 18, 2011 : 8:56 p.m.

The burn victim is my uncle. It is people like Carlos and the other man that are making this awful situation okay. Thank you Carlos, for your heroic efforts. You are an amazing man, and my family thanks you with everything in us.


Tue, Oct 18, 2011 : 8:18 p.m.

Well done. I hope you get the job.

Tom Teague

Tue, Oct 18, 2011 : 7:52 p.m.

He and the stranger who had already left the accident scene are heroes. Please let us know where we can contribute to purchase Mr. Quintanilla a new coat to replace the one that was burned during this rescue.

Rich Rezler

Wed, Oct 19, 2011 : 5:01 a.m.

That's a nice thought, folks. I'll see what I can do. Email me your contact information to


Tue, Oct 18, 2011 : 11:45 p.m.

Great idea, Tom. Hey Rich, can you set something up for those of us who would like to contribute? Carlos' selfless act deserves a new coat!

Marilyn Wilkie

Tue, Oct 18, 2011 : 7:41 p.m.

Carlos Quintanilla is a HERO. He deserves all the best in life and good luck on finding a new job!!


Tue, Oct 18, 2011 : 7:39 p.m.

Thanks, Carlos, for stopping to help and save a stranger's life! You and the other gentleman's heroic efforts are to be applauded! May your good deed come back to you ten-fold! I hope you get the job that you were interviewing for; which is why you were on I-94. Thoughts and prayers go out to the burn victim.

Craig Lounsbury

Tue, Oct 18, 2011 : 7:35 p.m.

well done Carlos your a hero.