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Woman says good Samaritans helped her to safety after her car caught fire on Bay Bridge

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (KRON) — As Lisa Goodman was driving her son throughout the Bay Bridge to SFO on Tuesday, her car catching fire was the very last thing she anticipated to occur. But some 10 minutes after she crossed Treasure Island, she discovered herself sitting in a California Highway Patrol car as her personal car burned to a crisp.

The fire introduced site visitors to an entire halt round 11 a.m. on Tuesday as a firetruck blocked all lanes of the bridge. Goodman says she is joyful she survived and is grateful for good Samaritans serving to her by means of the harrowing ordeal.

Goodman instructed KRON4 that her car was simply three years previous and had solely about 17,000 miles on it when it erupted into flames. She had gotten it again from the dealership the day earlier than she drove her son to the airport and thought it felt good.

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She stated she observed smoke whereas she was driving however thought it was coming from one other car or truck close by — till the motive force behind her started flashing his lights. Shortly afterward, a second driver pulled up beside her and yelled out to her that her car was on fire. Goodman’s first thought was to get off the bridge earlier than stopping.

“My inclination was to keep driving and get over the bridge so I wouldn’t inconvenience hundreds and maybe thousands of people behind me,” she stated.

However, her son instructed her they wanted to cease, and he or she did. They deserted the car within the leftmost lane and walked out. The driver behind her had stopped a distance behind her as properly and left a berth of area for her to stroll backward to safety.

“I can’t believe we survived,” she stated. “I feel fortunate that we ended up not hurting anyone and being ok. I feel very thankful for those people who stepped up.”

People continued to assist Goodman as she was stranded on the highway. An Uber driver pulled up beside her and provided her a experience, and a CHP officer stopped to assist.

The cop instructed her to get into the car and shut down two lanes of site visitors. About 10 minutes after she received out of the car, it was absolutely engulfed in flames.

“I have to thank him because he did such an ace job,” Goodman stated of the officer. “He was kind, patient. He really knew what he was doing.”

Eventually, a flatbed truck dragged the torched car off the highway. Goodman’s son missed his flight again dwelling to Detroit.

Goodman believes the dealership prompted no matter occurred went fallacious with the car. She stated in January she was getting common service achieved when the dealership instructed her it discovered a minor leak within the car’s oil pan. After that was fastened, she heard a rattle within the car and introduced it again in. She believed it felt effective after that, and there was by no means any warning signal on the dashboard, even because the car caught fire.

“I don’t know what the hell they did,” she stated of the dealership.

Goodman declined to disclose the make and mannequin of the car as she continues to be negotiating reimbursement. She stated she feels rattled and continues to be processing the scenario, however she feels dangerous for stopping site visitors and is grateful that different drivers and the CHP officer stepped up to assist.

“It could be a lot worse,” she stated.

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