Fiery crash in Ocala leaves driver, man who tried to save them dead

Published: Jan. 4, 2020 at 12:44 PM EST
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A fiery crash in Ocala on Friday ended with a woman and the man who tried to save her both dead.

The man who died is being called a hero; he did everything he could to save the woman trapped in her burning SUV but ultimately ended up having a heart attack while doing so.

Florida Highway Patrol investigators say the woman, 69-year-old Susan Scott of Ocala, was driving her SUV southbound on County Road 225 and veered across the road and hit a tree causing the SUV to catch fire.

63-year-old Henry Danielson from Belleview was driving a water truck northbound and saw the crash. He immediately jumped into action and tried to use the water in his truck to put out the fire.

FHP says there wasn't much water in the tanker so when it ran out and the fire was still burning, Danielson tried to attach a hose to a nearby fire hydrant but he collapsed.

Witnesses told investigators they tried to give him CPR but after first-responders arrived they took him to the hospital where he was pronounced dead due to an apparent heart attack a few hours later.

Scott and her small dog were pronounced dead on the scene.

The road was closed to traffic for hours Friday but is now open.