VIDEO: NASCAR Driver, US Navy Serviceman Helps Family Escape From Burning Minivan on Highway

By  //  June 30, 2018

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"just doing what I think was the right thing to do"

ABOVE VIDEO: NASCAR driver and U.S. Navy Lt. Jesse Iwuji is being hailed a hero after he helped a family escape a flaming minivan on the side of a California interstate last Sunday.

(FOX NEWS) – NASCAR driver and U.S. Navy Lt. Jesse Iwuji is being hailed a hero after he helped a family escape a flaming minivan on the side of a California interstate on Sunday.

Iwuji, who was returning from a weekend at Sonoma Raceway, pulled over on the side of Interstate 5 in Grapevine after he noticed the van and a small fire under the vehicle. He quickly raced to get the family of four out of the van before the flames could grow.

“I was just doing what I think was the right thing to do,” he told NASCAR.com.

Iwuji said he had to practically drag the father out of the van because he was trying to save the family’s belongings.

“We got away and just right after that, the engine just burst into flames,” Iwuji said. “From there, it then went into the front seat, then into the back seat, then it got to the fuel cell area and the whole thing erupted.”

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