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FCA Design Head Ralph Gilles a Hero in Fiery Accident

FCA Design Head Ralph Gilles a Hero in Fiery Accident

Ralph Gilles in New York City, 2012 (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

By    |   Wednesday, 28 February 2018 09:50 AM

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) design head, Ralph Gilles, is being hailed a hero for saving the lives of accident victims from a fiery blaze by using his Jeep to push a burning SUV away from a car with people trapped inside, according to People magazine.

The auto exec and his wife were the first at the scene of a head-on collision in Addison Township, Michigan, on Feb. 18.

According to Autoweek, the incident occurred when the driver of a Ford Edge, who had allegedly been drinking, lost control of his vehicle and crossed the center line, crashing into a Ford Fiesta occupied by Misty Considine and her husband.

Gilles came upon the scene to discover that the occupants of the Fiesta were trapped inside their vehicle.

He pulled over to assist while his wife called 911 but an approaching Buick LeSabre crashed into the Fiesta, which slammed into the Edge and caused the SUV to catch fire.

Gilles had to think fast so he jumped into this Jeep and used it to push the burning Edge away from the scene.

"I still have no idea where that (thought) came from," Gilles told the Oxford Leader. "The only thing I can remember thinking (is) I've got a Jeep, it's got a bumper on it, I think I can do this. All I could think about were the two people still inside the other car."

Firefighters were later able to extricate the occupants of the Fiesta and transport them to hospital, but Considine later died.

Her husband was listed in stable condition and the driver of the LaSabre sustained minor injuries.

Meanwhile, the 36-year-old driver of the Edge admitted to drinking while at the scene and was taken to jail and then released pending further investigation, according to the Oxford Leader.

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