Good Samaritans rush to help drivers in fiery crash

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CUYAHOGA HEIGHTS, OH -- From freeway to fireball, in a split second, I-77 northbound suddenly turned chaotic Monday afternoon near Grant Avenue when a tanker truck carrying dry concrete collided with a minivan taxi.

Marcus Perryman was right behind the truck and was immediately surrounded by the intense heat and thick smoke. He saw the taxi driver get out, followed by the truck driver.

Fearing that there was going to be an explosion, him and another driver ran to help.

"He tries to jump out, I see him jump out, but he's on fire," said Perryman. "We grab him and we drag him like 20 feet. I'm like, we got to get further away."

While that was happening, Wanda Banks said she too pulled over, called 911 and her mother to pray.

"I've been crying all day thinking, 'this man was gone, he couldn't survive this," said Banks.

Incredibly, no one was seriously hurt.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating, and ODOT has deemed the bridge safe for trains and traffic after the crash.

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