Remnants of fiery accident are startling to see

Published: Aug. 12, 2014 at 10:58 PM CDT
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We took this picture at the yard where a tow truck dropped off the charred car caught in...
We took this picture at the yard where a tow truck dropped off the charred car caught in Monday's accident and explosion.
(Photo Source: Scott Swanstrom)
(Photo Source: Scott Swanstrom)

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Charred metal is all that remains of a Lincoln Town Car after a crash caused it to burst into flames. Miraculously the woman and child inside the car were able to escape unharmed.

According to Gulfport police, the car failed to yield as it was coming onto Interstate 10 at Highway 49.  It collided with an 18-wheeler.  Suddenly, both vehicles erupted in fire.

Scott Swanstrom drove the truck. "I started walking back through the debris that's when I saw that stroller," Swanstrom recalled with tears coming down his face, "I'm just glad everybody is ok, I don't know how we made it through that. I'm just glad that baby is ok."

Swanstrom said he was driving westbound when he saw the car swerving. "I started to get into the left lane when I saw her fish tailing and started swerving and she just came straight across from the on ramp right across two lanes into me." Swanstrom said, "All I could do was stand on the break and hold on."

Swanstrom's quick thinking, saved his life. "My drivers door was up against the median, I couldn't open the drivers door," Swanstrom said, "I just did a quick self check, I wasn't bleeding or nothing, wasn't missing nothing so I kicked the passenger door open and there was already smoke. I already had soot on my face and arms."

Sore, but unharmed, Swanstrom is still very shaken up.

"I was looking at that overpass on the way down it was, it was just, it hits you, it hits you, you are lucky to be here," Swanstrom said.

The first things the father and husband thought about was his family. "My wife and my kids," Swanstrom said with tears, "I held my daughter so tight when I got home last night. There's no doubt in my mind I could have never drove again if I took somebody's life.

According to Gulfport Police the driver of the car was at fault for the accident.

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