Crossville man, Tennessee Titan rescue family from burning car

Crossville man, Tennessee Titan rescue family from burning car

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"I saw the smoke coming out from the front end of the car and a big ball of fire," said Charlie Evans. "I saw the smoke coming out from the front end of the car and a big ball of fire," said Charlie Evans.
Charlie Evans was on his way home to Crossville when he saw the flames. Charlie Evans was on his way home to Crossville when he saw the flames.
Tennessee Titan Jonathon "Tig" Willard was on his way to Nashville for training camp when he began honking at the smoking car until the woman pulled over. Tennessee Titan Jonathon "Tig" Willard was on his way to Nashville for training camp when he began honking at the smoking car until the woman pulled over.

By ALEXIS ZOTOS
6 News Reporter

CROSSVILLE (WATE) - A local man and a Tennessee Titan risked their lives to save four people from a car consumed by flames.

Tuesday night on I-40 near Rockwood in Roane County, a car driving towards Nashville was having serious car trouble.

Charlie Evans was on his way home to Crossville when he saw the flames.

"I saw the smoke coming out from the front end of the car and a big ball of fire," said Evans.

Tennessee Titan Jonathon "Tig" Willard was on his way to Nashville for training camp when he began honking at the smoking car until the woman pulled over.

"I saw three small kids in the back seat. So I'm thinking, hurry up and get the kids out," Willard said.

It was a team effort of strangers helping the woman and her three small children get to safety.

"I got [the child] and said ‘come here little buddy' and I got him off to the side and got him out of the way," Evans described.

Evans said he was only thinking of the safety of the woman and her children.

"The flames started building up, the smoke started getting bigger and I said look were going to have to get away from this thing, it's going to blow," Evans said describing the scene.

Before it blew, the woman tried to go back for her purse.

"She was going to go get it, and I said, 'You can't do that, it's fixin' to blow.' And she said, ‘Oh please it's all the money I've got. Will you go back and get it for me?' and I had some fear in me then, but I got her pocketbook, and shortly after that it went whoosh," Evans said.

When asked if they consider themselves heroes, both Willard and Evans said no.

"No, I just consider myself somebody who cares about other people," Evans replied humbly.

The burned out remains of the car show the situation could have ended much differently had it not been for the team of strangers that rushed to the rescue.

"Everybody come together to help these people, and that's the only reward we need," Evans said. "I've done nothing hardly anybody wouldn't do. I just happened to be there at the right place at the right time helping."

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