By LYNETTE HAALAND, Four Points News
A Steiner Ranch man helped a woman from her vehicle who was in an accident off of Quinlan Park Road on Thursday.
“From the original dispatch information it looks like a vehicle went off the road and hit a tree in the 3300 block of Quinlan Park Road,” said Roger Wade, Travis County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson.
Chris Burton was on a conference call and on his way to the dentist when he was driving on Quinlan Park on Feb. 20.
“I’m just lucky I noticed her swerving all over the road, slowed and didn’t pass her… or she would have likely hit me,” Burton said.
“(The driver) seemingly lost consciousness, suddenly veered off the road and slammed into a tree at roughly 40 mph,” he said.
It happened right in front of Burton, so he pulled over, jumped out and ran back to where she was lodged against the tree.
Two other men stopped to help and one called 911 while Burton made his way to her car to help get her out.
“The engine was smoking so I feared it could catch fire. I wanted to make sure she got out ASAP. I had to break a bunch of gnarled tree branches that were holding her door closed,” he said.
Burton got the door open and both airbags had deployed. The driver was very “woosy,” he said.
“I asked her if she was hurt, she said no but sounded very confused. I carefully helped her out of the car and stayed with her for a couple minutes until the fire dept and sheriff arrived,” he said.
The Lake Travis Fire Rescue fire station was a few hundred yards away and got there quickly.
The driver was transported by EMS to Round Rock Hospital, Wade said.
“This entire scene took place over maybe two to three minutes tops. I hope she is okay,” Burton said.
In his haste to render aid, he didn’t hang up his conference call so his team heard the whole situation unfold.
“Then I jumped back on the phone and headed on my way to the dentist,” he said.
Burton’s friends said he did a very heroic act.
But he said, “I just did what anybody would do.”