With flames shooting out from under an SUV, a woman taking the cellphone video frantically tried to get the driver to pull over.
Seconds later, the SUV pulled over and the 2012 Kia Sorento was engulfed in flames.
The vehicle was totaled in a matter of minutes.
Meridith Olinger shot the video and saved the other woman. She said she thought the vehicle was going to blow up.
Susan King was driving Tyla Kennedy’s vehicle.
“I got out and suddenly the car was engulfed in flames. (Olinger) saved my life. I’m incredibly grateful and she was my angel that day. It was surreal,” King said.
Many of Kennedy’s personal possessions were burned or destroyed. In the month since, Kennedy was shocked to find out her vehicle was under a safety recall, involving, an engine defect.
Kennedy called Kia and said customer service told her it had no valid address to send a recall notice. When she asked for a replacement vehicle, Kia said no.
“I said, ‘Hey, what would be nice is a car to replace my vehicle that burnt while my best friend was driving it and nearly killed her,'” Kennedy said. “There is no compensation until I can prove that it was the recall that blew up the engine.”
All three women said they were glad no one was seriously hurt.