AUSTIN (KXAN) — Bee Cave Police are hailing two men as heroes after they helped rescue an 18-year-old from a burning car Wednesday.
“There’s no doubt in our minds that they quite possibly saved that person’s life,” said Bee Cave Police Lieutenant William Pitmon.
The Dripping Springs teen drove off of Hamilton Pool Road and flipped his car which then caught fire, police say.
The two men driving by in separate cars stopped to help. One of the rescuers told KXAN they noticed a spark in the car’s engine and knew they had to act quickly. He says he used his jeep and the other man used his truck to push the wrecked car back upright. Then, the men cut the driver out of his seatbelt and pulled him out through a broken window.
“To act, especially when fire’s involved, that’s a scary thing,” Pitmon said. “For those guys to face those fears to save that person’s life, it’s amazing.”
Pitmon says police are still investigating what caused the crash.
“You don’t have to make a very big error on that roadway, depending on your speed, for it to turn into a really bad accident really quick,” he said.
Pitmon says he’s seen a number of fatal crashes on the stretch as the city has grown.
“It’s a little outdated,” he said, adding, “We’re not the sleepy community we used to be, and with that comes a lot more motor vehicle traffic.”
Bee Cave Mayor Monty Parker says Hamilton Pool Road is a TxDOT highway, so there’s not much the city can do with the road itself. However, he says the city council is thoughtful when approving new subdivisions in this area, pushing developers to connect to other roadways.
For example, Parker said, “The recently approved Signal Hills project was redesigned to connect to an adjacent neighborhood rather than the original design to connect to Hamilton Pool Road.”
Parker says Bee Cave city leaders are also working with Lake Travis ISD to come up with a way to connect Hamilton Pool Road to Vail Divide Drive, another thoroughfare. That would divert some traffic expected to come from the district’s newest school opening this fall.
For now, police are warning drivers in the area to be safe and slow down on Hamilton Pool Road. They say this is the second time a car has rolled over on that road in the past week.
“These kinds of things can prevented,” Pitmon said. “Just slow down.”