Fast action from a bystander and police helps save a man from his burning car.
Just after 10 p.m. Saturday, Casey Hollingsworth was sitting in his car near Goodhue and F Street when he noticed a car pull up and park. A few minutes later, Hollingsworth noticed smoke coming from the Blazer. The smoke got worse.
Hollingsworth walked up and realized there was a fire on the passenger side floorboard and the man inside was just slumped over the wheel.
Hollingsworth tried twice to get the driver out, but both times the driver yelled, "No no" repeatedly and closed the door.
Someone called 911 and as an officer arrived, according to Hollingsworth, the driver opened the door and flopped out onto the ground, coughing. Hollingsworth and a Lincoln Police Sergeant helped drag the man away from the burning car.
Several witnesses told 10/11 news, after a short time, the driver got up and ran toward the burning car as if trying to get in again, even though the car was fully involved in flames. Several officers had to pull the man away.
Lincoln Fire and Rescue put out the fire shortly after arriving.
Hollingsworth does not see himself as a hero but said after reflecting on what happened, he is thinking about obtaining some first aid training so he can know what to do in an emergency. Witnesses thought he did just fine, even without the training.
Police would not comment on the incident, saying mental health concerns may be involved.