|Published:||Jun 05, 2013 10:25 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Jun 05, 2013 11:38 PM EDT|
FORT MYERS, FL--Tonight US 41 and Hanson street are back open. But it was closed this morning as flames and black smoke shot into the sky.
A new witness reveals how he risked his own life to make a dramatic rescue.
Incredible cell phone video shows the flames and thick black smoke billowing in to the air.
"Bam! It looked like hell just blew up," said witness James Morgan.
Morgan says he was sitting right at the intersection when the crash happened.
"I actually tried to go get the person before it blew up," said Morgan.
Police say a black Honda ran a red light and smashed into a semi that was turning off US 41 and on to Hanson Street.
Morgan says shortly after the crash, the semi exploded and says the force of that blast slammed him to the ground.
"It threw me a few feet back and I seen the gas leaking that way," he said.
It was gas that was heading right to the Edison Express gas station.
Exclusive surveillance video shows the flames creeping closer to the gas pumps.
Witnesses say the cab of the semi was destroyed in ten minutes. The flames left behind melted stop lights and street signs.
Amazingly, both drivers were able to escape the inferno unharmed.
"I am glad nobody got hurt, but I mean it was just phenomenal to see that ball of fire go poof," said Morgan.
FDOT says they will be back to the scene tomorrow to re-examine the roadway. They say parts of the road will have to be repaved and whoever is cited for the crash will have to pay for the cost.
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