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Undercover DEA agent rescues family from burning truck

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He was on his way to work when he encountered a burning pickup truck. He was on his way to work when he encountered a burning pickup truck.
That motorist happens to be an undercover DEA agent, and he believes it was more than a coincidence. That motorist happens to be an undercover DEA agent, and he believes it was more than a coincidence.

(WMC-TV) - A mother and four children escaped a dramatic fire along Interstate 40 partially because of a passing motorist.

That motorist happens to be an undercover DEA agent, and he believes it was more than a coincidence. He was on his way to work when he encountered a burning pickup truck.

"At the time, I was scared," said Harold Hurley. "I mean, I'm not going to sit here and say I wasn't scared."

Hurley's fear arose Monday morning, not during a dangerous investigation, but while helping rescue a family from a burning pickup truck along Interstate 40.

"I have never encountered as far as a truck burning there on fire, in front of me. It was surreal," said Hurley.

Tennessee Department of Transportation cameras show the scene once an ambulance arrived, which is after Hurley pulled two small children away from the burning truck while their mother helped 3-year-old twins.

"I grabbed the two children and ran them to my vehicle," said Hurley. "I made sure I didn't stop immediately behind her vehicle because if her vehicle's on fire ... We don't need two vehicles on fire"

Hurley says he first noticed flames coming from the truck's exhaust a couple of miles before it stopped. He attempted to get the driver to pull over using his siren.

He says the mother of four, who was on her way to Texas, acted at just the right time.

"if she hadn't stopped ... It could have been a real bad situation," he said.

This special agent, who arrived in Memphis from the Bahamas in August, believes it was his mission to help.

"It could have been coincidence, but I believe people are put in certain places at certain times," said Hurley.

Fortunately, the mother and her four children were uninjured. Clothing placed near two vertical exhaust pipes may have started the fire.

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