Son saves father after truck catches fire at gas station in Whitesville

Updated: Sep. 3, 2020 at 2:27 PM EDT
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WHITESVILLE, Ga. (WTVM) - A man has become a hero after his pickup truck caught fire at a gas station on Hopewell Church Road in Whitesville Thursday.

Kenneth Joiner was traveling from Alabama to Atlanta stopped for gas at the Shell station on the Hopewell Church exit on 1-185. After he stopped at the pump, the truck caught on fire.

Joiner was accompanied by his father, who relies on a wheelchair. Joiner quickly acted and removed his father from the truck. He discussed how the whole event played out.

“So, when I pulled in here and cut the truck off, a big flame shot out the side the truck, and so I had to get daddy out because he’s in a wheelchair, you know,” Joiner explained. “So, I had to drop everything and get him out. Then I had time to get one of my boxes out. I mean it was up just like that, the whole thing.”

Neither of the men sustained injuries.

The truck is a total loss and the pump was also damaged by the fire.

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