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Little-boy hero saves brother from fiery big rig crash on I-45

The story has spread from Houston across the nation. It is heartwarming in one sense and tragic in many others. You might have read about the 5-year-old old boy who pulled his young brother from a fiery tractor-trailer wreck on Interstate 45 last week.

The North Freeway crash took place as the big rig the boys were riding in with their father followed a vehicle driven by their mom, TV stations and newspapers have reported.

The 5-year-old later told law enforcement officials that the 18-wheeler hit a guardrail along the freeway and then flipped over and caught fire. The youngster was apparently ejected from the truck's cab in the crash, but went back and pulled his little brother from the wreckage.

An official said the boy went over the details of the events with authorities, but wanted to know what happened to his dad. The news is probably something he will not fully grasp until he is much older: his father was unable to extract himself from the crash and died inside the truck.

Because the mom was driving ahead of the big rig, she was not immediately aware of the accident. She was later reunited with her boys, both of whom suffered injuries in addition to severe burns. Both are expected to recover.

We do not yet know why the truck hit the rail. It is probably unimportant at this time. What's matters most is that the kids are safe and with their mother. We wish them all the best as they work to come to grips with what happened.

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