DUBLIN, NH (CBS) – A driver was badly injured in an explosive crash caught on camera in Dublin, New Hampshire. The driver, 18-year-old Sam Lachance of Manchester, survived thanks to good Samaritans who pulled him away from the flames.

The college freshman’s Jeep crossed the center line and crashed into a tractor-trailer on Main Street near Camp Rockne Road last Tuesday.

It happened in a few split seconds and there was no chance to escape. The crash was captured on Marc Cramer’s dashcam. “When I realized I couldn’t go left or right, and we were only going straight, I cried out ‘Lord out help me,’” Marc Cramer recalled.

Cramer was traveling with his son John, and their own car got smashed. They were both shaken up but are OK.

John and another rescuer, Bank Promploy, got Lachance out of the Jeep. “He was unconscious and he was a mess, he had second and third degree burns,” John Cramer said.

That third rescuer was driving behind the tractor trailer. He knew it was very serious. “Craziness,” Promploy said. “I’m really shocked how it turned out.”

Lachance has burns and horrific injuries and was taken to Mass General, but his mother has a hopeful update. “His burns are healing, he’s able to see he’s coming back to himself which is just incredible,” his mom Jessica Lachance said.

The recovery will take time but Lachance’s family says those three rescuers made it all possible. “I can’t say thank you enough,” his dad Dan Lachance said. “I don’t think words can describe how grateful I am for their quick actions to put their own lives at risk.”

Police say the impact caused the tractor trailer’s fuel tank to rupture touching off the inferno. The driver of the truck only has minor injuries.

It is unclear what caused Lachance to cross into oncoming traffic.

Comments (7)
  1. Bill Branch says:

    If it’s unclear to anyone, let’s list possibilities:
    1. Driver error, texting.
    2. Driver error, talking on cell phone.
    3. Mechanical failure.
    The vehicle drives straight into the semi, no attempt at correction. Was he even watching the road?
    WHEN WILL THE STATE OF NH GET THESE CRETINS USING HANDHELD DEVICES OFF THE ROAD? YOU OR A LOVED ONE COULD HAVE BEEN DRIVING A PASSENGER CAR INSTEAD OF THAT TRUCK, IN WHICH CASE YOU OR HE WOULD BE IN A BOX.

    1. Pierre Martel says:

      You forgot a 4th possibility, suicide attempt.

    2. Jwlz Tupelo says:

      I don’t know of a way for the government can prevent it. They can only discourage it through penalties.

  2. D Volontario Anton says:

    Why is nobody reporting on the truck driver? Is he/she ok?

    1. From the article “The driver of the truck only has minor injuries.”