Actor Jamie Foxx found himself in the middle of a huge news story when he saved 32-year-old Brett Kyle from a burning car. It sounds like an action sequence made for the movies, but it became a reality when Foxx sprang into action after hearing a car accident near his home in Hidden Valley, California.
It’s said that Kyle lost control of the car due to the wet roads and eventually skid into a ditch. According to TMZ, before Foxx attempted to save the man, he called 911 immediately so they could arrive to the scene.
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Despite the flames, Jamie Foxx rushed to the scene, and that’s when he discovered that Kyle’s car was flipped on its side and covered with flames. At the time, Kyle was trapped inside of the car. Foxx and another man then helped Brett Kyle out of the car before the vehicle was completely engulfed in flames.
First, Foxx broke the window of the vehicle and dragged the man out of the car and 30 feet away from the scene. Later on, Jamie Foxx told authorities that he pulled the man out of the car because he was concerned that the car would explode into flames.
Wanting to stay out of the limelight, Foxx said little about his heroic efforts to save the man from the wreckage. Then, he posted an emotional moment he shared with Brett Kyle’s father. Brett’s father, Brad, visited Foxx to thank him for saving his son. Brad told reporters about Foxx’s brave action.
“I think we all hope that we can do something when the time is there. But the question is do we act or do we fear our own lives, and he did not.”
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Although it was a scary scene, Kyle has survived and is being treated for major injuries, including burns, that would have been worse if Foxx didn’t come to the man’s aid. In the end, the driver had a broken collarbone and punctured his lung. Brett’s brother said that he “would be in a much worse situation if Jamie Foxx didn’t come along.”
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Foxx spoke briefly to reporters, explaining the scene.
“As we pulled him out, within five seconds … the truck goes up [in flames].I don’t look at it as heroic. I just look at it as, you know, you just had to do something. And it all worked out.”
Eventually, the driver came forward with a statement to reporters.
“Just the fact that one human being was willing to help someone, really means a lot to me. I felt the heat was getting strong and hot. I had the seatbelt wrapped around my body and I wasn’t able to get out. And I remember them cutting it and getting me out.”
The Oscar winner’s daughter, Corinne Foxx, tweeted about the incident, as well.
Just got off the phone with my dad… Absolutely wild. That man really did have angels watching him. Definitely a life or death situation.
— Corinne Foxx (@corinnefoxx) January 19, 2016
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