A head-on collision earlier on Laguna Shores in Flour Bluff earlier this week resulted in both drivers being trapped in their wrecked vehicles, one of which was one fire.
However, some good samaritans stepped up and rescued those drivers from the wreckage. One of those good samaritans was U.S. Coast Guard Chief Jesse James Meerscheidt II.
"I slammed on the brakes in my jeep and came to a stop as the SUV rolled and came to a stop, perpendicular in the roadway in front of me," Meerscheidt said. "I'm looking at the bottom of the undercarriage, fire. I saw immediately, fire ignited in the engine compartment and I knew that that was going to be the first problem."
Meerscheidt has been in the U.S. Coast Guard for some 25 years and served on the Kingsville police force before that. Without thinking of his own safety, he dragged the driver from the burning white sport utility vehicle, and with the help of other samaritans, pulled the female driver from the second vehicle as well.
Meerscheidt said it helped bolster his faith in his fellow man, that so many others stopped to help.
"I knew that it needed to be done and stepped up, and the other samaritans that stepped up and helped out, they did the same thing," Meerscheidt said. "They didn't think anything, they didn't say anything about, 'Oh, look at the fire.' They didn't say, 'No I can't do this.' No. They just jumped in also. So that's really gratifying to see, is people just still so open and willing to just step forward and do what they have to do."
The woman in the white SUV was ticketed for causing the accident. Police said she was texting while driving and drifted into the other lane, causing the head on collision.
Meerscheidt said he was just glad he was in the right place to help people in need.
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