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Witnesses film fiery car crash instead of trying to help burning victims

Posted Jun 5th 2014 7:00PM

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Police Lieutenant Anthony Williams was first on the scene of a deadly car crash on Monday and says he's left shaken by what he saw. It wasn't the crash that's left him shaken, but more the behaviour of the witnesses at the crime scene that left him in disbelief. According to Williams, witnesses were on-scene and instead of trying to help the passengers escape the burning vehicle, they were all too busy filming the burning car with their phones.

Williams was off duty when he saw "flying debris" in a closed HOV lane up ahead and decided to intervene. Upon his arrival, he discovered that there were two people trapped in the vehicle, burning to death before his very eyes.

Williams scrambled to find help, although by the time he got there, he claims there was little else he could do to help. He and another witness asked if anyone in the crowd around the crash site had fire extinguishers. What he saw instead, were several people just standing around to film the burning wreck on their cellphones. Williams says he even had asked a woman to back up away from the car as she was recording at such a close distance to the burning wreck.

"l just saw them literally be cremated," he told Fox Dallas-Fort Worth. "It's the first time I've ever prayed for someone to go ahead and pass, and I say that not to be disrespectful to the family. A person's actually dying in front of your eyes, and rather than you making it a priority, putting yourself in the role of a first responder, just to try to help out in some way, you choose your priority to be filming somebody's death."

"You should try to help, even if it's just a bottle of water you have sitting in your car to throw on a person," said Williams. "You don't know what comfort that would have brought, but like I said before, at that point... I just prayed that God would go ahead and take them," Williams told Fox DFW. In the video report below, Williams accurately describes it as a "perversion of social media."

According to WFAA, the deadly crash occurred when the car was travelling southbound in the closed HOV lane and hit a protruding concrete barrier; then, proceeded to spin out and burst into flames after landing in the median. The names of the victims have not yet been released and medical examiners say the bodies were burned beyond recognition, according to Fox DFW.

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paul.72

It's easy to be a hero when you're sitting in front of a computer. The fact is the car was on fire, probably not a safe environment to run into to. Firefighters are trained and have protective gear. A regular bi-stander running into a burning car makes no sense at all... it can explode any second. Tragic event...yes. Could they have helped...maybe, but maybe not. Everybody has their own family to worry about too, you want to come home at the end of the day and see them, not burn-up in a car trying to do something that you're not qualified or prepared to do. Let's not be so quick to judge.

June 09 2014 at 8:57 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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baileighc65

Agreed, if it is a dangerous situtation and you can't help then fine, but don't stand around watching it or filiming it. Call 911 and leave.

June 09 2014 at 2:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Dan

Cars don't just explode willy nilly. That is a myth perpetuated by Hollywood. And yes, it can be dangerous, but the risk of death for an unprotected bystander really isn't that great.

And if they were really concerned about how dangerous it was they wouldn't be so close that they would have to be told to move back.

And I've been a firefighter for almost a decade before anybody claims that I don't know what I am talking about.

June 10 2014 at 6:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down
PatNevers

Cell phones should not ever be sold again, take them off the market, too many people are dieing from them, and now because of ignorance and being nosey 2 die in a crash and they watch them die rather then help rescue them, you should be ashamed and may your guilt haunt you

June 08 2014 at 7:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
s2members

We are all associates in the social media. Soon we will not need to think at all about humanity....just look at our gadget and it will instruct us.

June 08 2014 at 12:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
hauasun

Be angry and teach these people. Teach them humanity, teach them tender, loving, care. TLC. People nowadays depends so much on gadgets and social media, they forgot the most important thing in this world is each other.

June 07 2014 at 5:38 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
roksi_r

ALWAYS REMEMBER.........WHAT COMES AROUND GOES AROUND
AND KARMA DOES RULE HER UGLY HEAD

June 07 2014 at 4:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
tuckdog61

I have pictures of this happening in Canada a couple of years ago, I was screaming because my spouse of 65 ran to the burning car, and I knew it was to late but he was not the only Canadian running to the car. Shame on those people. I never published my pictures!

June 07 2014 at 3:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Lucius Snow

They should be charged with contributing to their death....JERKS!

June 07 2014 at 2:51 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Sassy

Andrew Olayinka - you must be one of the most ignorant, judgemental and rudest people on this earth. You have no right to judge everyone and I can tell you from living in BOTH the U.S.A. and Canada that BOTH countries have a GREAT many people who are very self-absorbed.

June 07 2014 at 12:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Andrew Olayinka

i am not surprised. what do you expect from Americans!!!!!with there insatiable apetite for anything gory and disdainful to other civilsed homo sapiens inhabiting this planet. that is America for you there where live means nothing in the land of guns, guns and more guns. shoot and kill with impunity. Welcome to Texas, the lone star state. Did this bother any of those people making "instatnt movies" for sale to any TV station who will pay for it. money rules in the land of "opportunity" as they calll it. Glad I live in a country where such a thing will never happen since every life is sacred in Canada up here. " God Bless America" as you guys say.

June 07 2014 at 10:28 AM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
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Ken

Why is anyone surprised at this??

NEVER UNDERESTIMATE THE STUPIDITY OF HUMAN BEINGS.

June 07 2014 at 9:44 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply