A driver of a car that went up in flames is thanking the community.
Brittney Annett was driving a 2012 Chrysler 200 when it burst into flames on Hwy. 21 near Heartland Ford around 6:30 p.m. on Friday (Apr.6). Annett lives in Edmonton was coming to the Fort to visit family.
Annett said there were no prior issues mechanically or warning signs before this ‘traumatizing’ event but people were pulling over in front of her.
“Witnesses were trying to wave me down. I just thought that something was wrong with them and didn’t think anything of the situation. So I tried to break, but by that time the car already shut down and stopped functioning completely mechanically,” she said. “This gentlemen literally ran into traffic, risking his own life to come to my aid.”
She used the emergency brake to stop and once she did the car engulfed into flames. The man who waved her down had already called 911 and informed Annett that help was on the way as he helped her out of the vehicle to safety.
Dubbing the mystery man as her knight in shining armour, Annett never got his name, but believed he was an off-duty firefighter.
“I’m a strong believer in fate and having somebody that knew what to do and was there to handle everything, it was unbelievable, without his knowledge I don’t know where I would be today,” said Annett.
Physically, she was not injured but the incident has affected her mentally.
“Over the past week I was trying to be tough at the time but then I realize it has affected me. It’s made me think differently about life, I know it sounds like a cliche but it’s true,” said Annett. “Everyone should just take a moment to really just sit and think about their life and are they truly running it in the best possible way and whether you’re being the best possible person that you could be? Be an optimistic not a pessimistic.”
She described the experience as a wake up call and thanks everyone who helped out that day, the unknown man, RCMP, firefighters, Heartland Ford, Titan Towing and the insurance company.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.