The good Samaritan who rescued a man from a burning truck spoke to Eyewitness News on Wednesday about the moments after the crash.
It happened Memorial Day in south Charlotte on Park Road.
Tess Regan said it all happened in a matter of minutes. She said she just happened to be driving down Park Road when she heard a loud noise and saw flames and smoke out her rear-view mirror.
"I could see the truck was just crunched up and smoking, so I turned around I gave him a bear hug and leaned back and went out of the truck with him," said Regan.
That decision saved William Flood's life. Police said he was driving while impaired when he crashed his truck into a pole and it burst into flames. Officers said he could have died. He told police he was looking down at his phone.
The fire quickly spread from the truck to power lines.
"I don't really remember thinking. I was just so scared because of the wires popping. It sounded like fireworks." Regan said.
Afterwards, Regan said she ran as fast as she could away from the scene.
Two other people came and helped drag Flood away from the flames. Looking back, Regan said the situation doesn't seem real.
"I texted my sister, I was like, 'She is never going to believe me. I've got to take a picture of this,'" Regan said.
She left before police even got there, but is glad Flood is safe and now has a second chance at life.
"I mean I happened to see it, I think anyone else who would have seen it would have done the same thing," Regan said.
About 3,500 people lost power because of that crash, including the Park Road Shopping Center nearby.
It took 14 hours to get the power back on and the road reopened.