Posted on Aug 11, 2011

August 11, 2011 - Dekalb County, Ga. - A man survived a fiery accident on Thursday, August 4, thanks to the help of a courageous bystander.

Fox 5 News
reports that the accident happened at a Chevron gas station located at the corner of Briarcliff and Fairmont Roads. John Catana was driving on the roadway when his Nissan passenger car was struck by another vehicle, sending him spinning into a gas station.

Catana's vehicle and the gas station burst into flames on impact. His door was jammed and the airbag was pinning him to his seat. The fire was quickly spreading through the vehicle.

Luckily, Edgar Evans witnessed the accident and rushed to help Catana. Evans was able to get Catana out of the vehicle. Catana suffered minor cuts and bruises and credits this good fortune entirely to Evans.

Evans and Catana have been in contact since the accident. Catana said he is happy to know the man who saved his life.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's 2009 Georgia Crash Statistics, there were 1,284 fatalities as a result of car accidents in Georgia.

As a service to the residents of Atlanta, our firm will frequently publish blogs about local traffic accidents. We do this to raise awareness about the common types of motor vehicle accidents that occur in Georgia that may result in serious injury or traffic fatalities.

Common accidents include, but are not limited to:

  • single-car accidents;
  • accidents caused by hazardous road conditions; and
  • accidents caused by aggressive driving or distracted drivers.

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