Newspaper delivery driver pulls 3-year-old boy from burning car

ALOHA, Ore. - A newspaper delivery driver saved a child who was trapped inside a burning car following a Tuesday morning crash in Aloha.

The crash occurred just before 6 a.m. on Farmington Road between Southwest 209th Avenue and Clark Hill Road when Lezel Ames' car hit a tree. Ames managed to escape the car, but moments later the vehicle caught fire, according to Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue officials.

Isidro Franco-Garcia was out delivering newspapers when he came across the crash, sheriff's deputies said. He found Ames out of the car and yelling that her three-year-old son was in a car seat inside the burning vehicle.

Franco-Garcia jumped into action and pulled the boy out of the burning car. He then let the mother and son sit in his car until deputies arrived.

"We are very grateful that everyone is safe," the Ames family said in a statement. "We want to thank the Oregonian paper delivery driver who helped our son out of the car."

Wednesday was Franco-Garcia's first day of work delivering newspapers.

"The Washington County Sheriff's Office commends Mr. Franco-Garcia for his swift action and selflessness in saving the life of another," Sgt. Bob Ray wrote in a statement. "If not for his heroic actions the result of this crash could have been very tragic."

By the time deputies showed up the car was fully engulfed in flames.

Firefighters checked the mother and son out for injuries. They were OK, but taken to Oregon Health & Science University as a precaution, officials said.

Firefighters, who extinguished the car blaze, said they suspected the fire spread so quickly because the vehicle sustained significant engine compartment damage.

The circumstances of what led to the crash weren't immediately clear.