DPS awards sergeant, civilian for saving man from fiery wreck

Posted at 11:44 AM, Feb 22, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-22 12:44:34-05

The Texas Department of Public Safety awarded a sergeant and a Temple man for rescuing a driver from a fiery wreck. 

The wreck happened on March 10, 2016, near exit 301 on I-35. 

DPS said the driver of a FedEx truck lost control, which caused the 18-wheeler to jackknife, crash into concrete barriers, and catch on fire. 

DPS spokesperson Sgt. D.L. Wilson was traveling behind the truck when the wreck happened. His dash cam captured the fiery wreck. 

Robert Sneed, who lives nearby and heard the wreck, drove his car through a construction zone to help. 

Both Sneed and Sgt. Wilson helped rescue the driver, Wallace Altom of Georgetown, from the burning cab. 

Because of their heroic efforts, DPS awarded them the Lifesaving/Director's Award at an awards presentation in Austin on Wednesday morning. 

Sgt. Wilson and Sneed spoke to News Channel 25's Pattrik Simmons shortly after receiving the award. Hear what they have to say about the recognition on News Channel 25 at 5 and 6 p.m.

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