Good Samaritans in Pearland, TX, were in the right place at the right time when they rescued a man trapped in his burning vehicle (Video below).

Paul Davis was driving his vehicle down the highway when he glanced down at his GPS and everything changed. “I thought I was looking at my GPS. And when I looked up, I was veering off to the left real bad,” Davis said. “Seen this curb. And then next I was in the air.”

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Paul Davis

According to public information officer, Jason Wells, the car slid off the highway and into a tree. The initial collision ignited a large fire that quickly engulfed the vehicle and grass around it.

Other motorists stopped to try and help, but it wasn’t until Nick Villalona stopped that they were able to free the victim. “I just kind of drove up over the median, directly toward the car, to save time,” Villalona said. Villalona grabbed a club from a person beside him and began smashing the driver side window until it finally broke through.

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Nick Villalona

Once in, the good Samaritans were able to free up the door and drag the stranger to safety. “If it weren’t for these people, this could have been catastrophic,” Wells said. “The gentleman had significant injuries and would not have been able to get out of the car on his own.”

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Rescuers pulling Davis from his vehicle

Hours after the video and story of the incident hit the internet, Davis woke in the hospital and told NewsFix he’s thankful for all the Good Samaritans who risked their lives to save a complete stranger. Memorial Herman hospital will be Davis’s home for the next few days, but his several breaks will eventually heal and he’s expected to make a full recovery.