Witness pulls injured boy from burning truck on Highway 385

Witness pulls injured boy from burning truck on Highway 385
Source: The Brownfield News
Source: The Brownfield News

BROWNFIELD, TX (KCBD) - Two Lubbock teens remain hospitalized Thursday afternoon after a fiery crash that killed their brother on Wednesday.

The man who pulled one of those boys out of the flames spoke to KCBD about why he chose to risk his life for strangers.

"I didn't know what the hell we were going to do," Jody Jones said.

Jones was driving home from work when he saw the wreck on US 62 between a pickup truck and a semi-truck.

"I pulled up on the wreck and seen the truck up in flames," Jones said. "One kid was walking away from the truck while I was trying to ask him what's going on. He just kept repeating, my brother's in there."

That kid Jones recalls talking to was 19-year-old James Daley. James was the driver of the pickup, carrying his two brothers as passengers.

"While I was wrenching it out, I saw a little arm in the back seat moving around," Jones said. "That's when we figured out there was another kid in the truck alive."

9-year-old Bartley John Daley was still in the truck when it caught fire. Jones saw him and said he had to make a fast decision.

"My truck wasn't budging it and I had another guy yell at me to say just ram it,  so I got in my truck and drove it around, hit it a couple of times," he said. "I got it broke loose from up underneath the truck and it actually moved the truck completely from underneath it and the we were able to pull [Bartley] out then."

Three brothers, 19-year-old James Daley, 9-year-old Bartley John Daley, and 17-year-old Patrick Daley were all passengers in the pickup. Patrick died on impact, but Jones was determined to save the others.

"People are different though. It literally happened in about a minute or two, so there wasn't a whole lot of time to think about it," Jones said.

But Jones says he was put in this situation for a very personal reason.

"I've had a pretty rough year. Me and my wife had a wreck in December and she was killed," he said. "It was kinda pretty rough."

The two brothers in Wednesday's wreck, James and Bartley, were both transported to UMC with what DPS calls incapacitating injuries. According to Eric Finley with UMC, James is in serious condition while Bartley is satisfactory.

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