Good Samaritan rescues grandfather, 3 grandchildren from burning truck

BULLOCH COUNTY, Ga. — A grandfather and his three grandchildren are alive after another driver pulled them from a fiery wreck in Southeast Georgia.

The Georgia State Patrol said Steven Wild fell asleep at the wheel in his Ford F-250 while pulling a trailer filled with cattle along Highway 46 in Bulloch County this week, when he veered off the road and went down an embankment.

The truck flipped on its side and burst into flames.

Wild’s three grandchildren were in the truck with him.

Sam Pitout happened to be driving by, spotted the smoke and rushed to help.


“I climbed on top and between him and I, we were able to pry that driver’s door open, maybe about a foot. And had three small kids get out,” Pitout said.

Pitout told WJCL-TV that within five minutes, the entire truck was engulfed in flames.

“It could’ve been a lot worse. Let’s put it that way. I was just happy everybody made it out,” Pitout said.

Pitout said he and a friend were able to help round up 10 of the cows in the trailer. Two are still missing.