A homeless man is being hailed a hero after he helped rescue people from a fiery multi-vehicle crash that shut down the interstate in Colorado Thursday.
Lakewood police said the crash happened when a semi-truck traveling at a high rate of speed collided with more than a dozen other vehicles.
In an interview with KDVR, the good Samaritan said he was just doing what he hopes anybody would have done.
“I’m just a homeless person just trying to survive day to day,” said Darin Barton.
Barton said he had been sleeping next to the interstate on a ramp. He got up in the morning and started panhandling, asking for help as drivers went by.
“All I hear is crash. I look over and there’s an 18-wheeler plowing through cars and then all of a sudden it just rolled. The cab just physically rolled over and as soon as it rolled over it just all caught on fire. And I just dropped my sign, took off running,” Barton recalled.
He said a lady sitting in traffic offered to help take a victim with the hospital.
“So I took my jacket off and let it in her seat, because she had white seats. So I laid the jacket down on the seats because the lady had blood all over and I’m looking around to see if there was anybody else I could help. As I was running down the hill people were running towards me,” Barton recalled.
Lakewood police say multiple people were killed in the crash, but they have not specified how many people.
The driver of the semi-truck survived.