Cab driver risks life to save crash victim from burning car
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -
A Nashville cab driver risked his own life to save a woman from a burning vehicle.
Mohamed Muse says he was in the right place at the right time Sunday afternoon.
The off-duty taxi driver was pumping gas in his personal vehicle at a gas station near the intersection of Tusculum Road and Nolensville Pike when he witnessed two cars collide and one of them caught on fire.
Muse says he swooped into action and helped the young woman get out of the vehicle.
“I saw the fire and I ran over and opened the car door. Her seat-belt would not unbuckle, so I helped her unbuckle it and got her out,” Muse told News 2.
He says he then used the fire extinguisher he always keeps in his trunk to put out the flames.
“The fire was going up toward the glass and as soon as I used the fire extinguisher, it just went out completely,” said Muse.
Neither Muse nor the young woman was seriously hurt. He says she was shaken and kept saying her brakes failed and she was unable to stop.
In cell phone video taken by Muse, the female driver who said she didn’t want to speak on camera, can be heard thanking him for helping her.
Muse says he’s thankful he was nearby and had a fire extinguisher on hand.
“I see a lot of stuff as a taxi cab driver, so I always have my fire extinguisher and first aid kit with me in case I can help,” he said.
Muse told News 2 he had to use the fire extinguisher once before when someone’s home caught on fire.