There was a truly nail-biting, close call on an interstate in Salt Lake City, Utah, on Friday, when a man noticed smoke and massive flames coming from underneath a nearby car.
That’s when Caden Pabst successfully flagged down the driver and convinced him to pull over — just in time.
“I was yelling, ‘Move over, right now! Move over!” Pabst told KSL-TV. “And when he gave me the thumbs up, I was like ‘No, move over, move over, now!'”
Pabst’s quick-thinking and kind move might have very literally saved the man’s life. After the car was parked, Pabst ran over and told the guy to grab his belongings and flee the vehicle.
Not long after, flames overtook the car and it exploded.
“It was massive! Pretty solid ten feet into the air. It was a lot of fire,” Pabst told KSL-TV of the incident. “You just heard a massive explosion, and we went over there and there was little bits of his engine. It was crazy.”
The driver expressed intense gratitude to Pabst, with Pabst saying he’s just glad he took the time to stop and help the stranger in the midst of a dire situation.
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“I guess I’m just not the kind of person that can see someone in a lot of trouble and not do something about it,” he said.
Pabst’s actions show the importance of paying attention and selflessly stepping up to help when necessary. Had he not taken a moment to help the stranger, there’s no telling how this story could have ended.
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