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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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