Oklahoma mother, son injured in car fire on H-3 Freeway
HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) -The two people hospitalized after a vehicle fire on the H-3 Freeway on Sunday were visitors from Oklahoma.
According to KFOR-TV, an affiliate TV station in Oklahoma, the victims are Becky Carlton and her son, Jordan Carlton.
The fire happened around 11:45 a.m. in the Kaneohe-bound direction of the freeway.
The victims’ family pastor told KFOR-TV that Jordan was driving down the freeway when he tapped on the brakes. That’s when the car burst into flames.
As he tried to slow the car down using the parking brake, he told his mom to get out of the car.
Witnesses say a Good Samaritan used a fire extinguisher to help before emergency crews arrived.
“We saw a lady. It looked like she was putting the fire out, she had a fire extinguisher. And we saw a man that was on fire and she put the flames out on him,” Witness Kaaikaula Naluai-Sempio said.
“We were thinking that she was so brave to do that because it was such a dangerous situation not knowing if that car was going to explode,” Naluai-Sempio added.
Jordan was hospitalized in critical condition, with burns to 85% of his body, KFOR-TV said. His mom suffered serious injuries, including severe road rash and burns.
His father arrived in Hawaii on Tuesday.
The freeway was shut down for several hours as a result.
Video sent to HNN showed a fireball engulfing a vehicle and thick smoke slowing drivers.
This story will be updated.
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