Army serviceman hailed as hero after saving man from fiery Rockcastle Co. crash

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ROCKCASTLE COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - An Army serviceman is being called a hero after a fiery Rockcastle Co. crash.

The crash happened Sunday just before 5 p.m. at the intersection of Highway 150 and Highway 70 near Brodhead.

A car and a truck hauling diesel fuel collided causing the massive flames.

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Sgt. 1st Class Mario King and his wife Sgt. Adriane King were driving in the area and saw it all unfold.

"We saw the flames and smelled like - it was diesel, gasoline, the burning rubber," Mario King said.

Mario King said he knew he needed to help. He first checked on the driver of the car to make sure they were OK and then rushed to the truck.

"The cab of the truck, it was just a mess. It was mangled," King said. "When I saw the guy inside the truck moving, it was a sigh of relief because I knew this guy is alive at least."

King and a few others did what they could to help the driver whose legs were stuck. King said the driver kept fighting the whole time.

"He actually was assisting us getting him out of the vehicle because he was pushing the front windshield out," King said.

However, the truck driver could not make it out alone - that is when King pulled him out of the truck. It is an act other good Samaritans say was simply "heroic."

"I don't consider myself being a hero," King said. "I just know that if I was in that situation, I would want somebody to do whatever it takes to get me out."

King is currently stationed at Fort Knox. He is an information technology specialist, but he's been deployed to Iraq twice where he was assigned to a combat support hospital. He said that training helped prepare him for this situation and rescue a complete stranger.

"If I don't get the chance to talk to him or whatever, I just want him to know that I'm really thankful that he's alive and that he's OK," King said.

Police have not confirmed the name of the truck driver with WKYT. However, on the day of the crash, we were told the driver was expected to be OK.

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