TACOMA, Wash. -- If you were driving near the Tacoma Dome in rush hour traffic Tuesday, you may have gotten stuck in a backup as crews rushed to a fiery crash. But before emergency responders got there, Good Samaritans were able to rescued the driver.

The crash happened on northbound I-5 near I-705. Washington State Patrol reports the 72-year-old driver claimed he blacked out and left the roadway.

Jeremy Harstad and his friend Matt Tribe saw smoke coming from the vehicle, and that's when Harstad got out of his car and rushed to help the other driver.

I just got behind him and grabbed his chest, and the other two guys got his legs and we pulled him up the hill through blackberries and I was thankful I was wearing my long pants that day, said Harstad.

WSP said the driver didn't suffer injuries as a result of the crash but witnesses said it could have been a different story if not for Harstad and the others.

He saved the person s life, said Tribe. The guy would have perished in the fire.

The driver was taken to a nearby hospital to be checked out as precaution.

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