All involved, including 3-year-old, survive I-95 fiery crash thanks to good Samaritan

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NASH COUNTY, N.C. (WNCN) – Everyone survived a fiery crash in Nash County thanks to a few good Samaritans. The crash happened Tuesday afternoon on Interstate 95 north of Interstate 64.

Christopher Frisby believes God made him get behind the wheel when he did.

“There was just something saying ‘Go ahead and get on the road now,’” Frisby said.

The Greenville combat veteran was headed north on I-95 when a horrific crash happened in front of him. Without hesitation, he jumped out of his car to help. The driver was 21-year-old Manaysia Martin, of Rocky Mount. Her 3-year-old son was also in the car.

Authorities say Martin struck a tractor-trailer. She then went off the road to the right and crashed into a tree.

Frisby called 911. While he was on the phone, a small fire started, so he knew he had to act fast.

“When we started pulling them out, that’s when the fire started to get larger,” Frisby said. “We pulled them up to the hill. The last person to be taken out was the driver because she was so pinned to the vehicle and the seat belt was jammed, so I got a razor blade cut the seat belt and pulled her through the window.”

Frisby pulled Martin out last. A few minutes later, the car went up in flames.

“I think by the time we got them to the top of the embankment, it was totally engulfed in like two minutes and burned to a crisp,” Frisby said.

Martin is Latasha Jackson’s daughter. Jackson said she feels so blessed that Frisby and a couple of other good Samaritans were there to rescue her daughter and grandson. The mother and son are in the Intensive Care Unit at Vidant Hospital in Greenville. The other two passengers also survived and are in the hospital.

“I’m just glad they’re here and they’re making good progress, and I’m just blessed,” Jackson said.

“To me, the heroes are the ones who went through that accident and have to do this whole recovery with all the pain that they were in,” Frisby said.

Frisby hopes everyone who sees their story will be inspired to help their neighbors. 

“I don’t know how to thank them,” Jackson said.

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