It was 5:40 a.m. on Feb. 17 when an Alvin ISD school bus pulled up to the major accident on Highway 6. Multiple vehicles had been involved in a fiery pileup crash.
Seconds after arriving, the cars erupted into flames.
Dashcam video from the bus shows bus monitors Dustin Carrillo and Jesse Neace sprint towards the chaos, while bus driver Tanya Moore called for help. There were no students on the bus at the time
"No, they piled up on top of each other, there's like five cars involved," an Alvin ISD bus driver could be heard reporting in video from her bus. "No, ma'am, they're all piling up. It's a pileup."
Just 60 seconds after arriving, Moore jumped out herself.
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"I was yelling at them (when the fire got bigger), 'You've got to get him out of the way! You've got to get him out of the way! Get out of the way now!' And Dustin's like, 'I can't move him.' And I'm like, 'You have to move him! You have to move now!'" Moore recalled.
All within 90 seconds, before the fire department arrived, the Alvin ISD employees pulled victims from the wreckage and saved lives.
At a ceremony on Friday, the school district officially honored them for their life-saving efforts.
"As soon as we saw the fire, me and him both, we immediately sprang into action," Neace said.
"(A victim) was like, 'Thank you, thank you for saving me,'" Carrillo recalled.
According to the district, a DPS trooper at the scene stated that the victims of the crash probably would not have survived without the heroic actions of the Alvin ISD employees.
Neace said as a result of the rescue, he is considering a change of employment to become a firefighter himself.
The district noted that Carrillo had only been on the job for four days when the rescue happened.
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