HOUSTON — Several homeless people are lucky to be alive thanks to a group of quick-thinking good Samaritans.
According to the Houston Police Department, the victims were camping out on the sidewalk at Pierce and Fannin streets around 11:30 p.m. when two vehicles crashed into each other at the intersection.
One of the vehicles flew onto a nearby curb after the collision and hit the four victims, investigators said.
"It would appear that one of them ran a redlight," Lt. Larry Crowson said.
One of the victims was pinned under the car, according to several witnesses.
"I was coming to the corner, and I saw this red car jump the light," witness Boyce Roberts said. "Somebody said someone was under the car, so we went over there and we pushed the car from [over] the guy."
Roberts wasn't alone; witnesses Chris Strout and James Grobes were also at the scene.
"Immediately, I dropped my bag," Grobes said. "I went underneath, and I see a man trapped underneath and everyone was screaming 'There's a man underneath! There's a man underneath!'"
Once emergency services arrived, Houston firefighters and paramedics worked to treat the victims— strapping the injured onto gurneys and placing them in several ambulance vehicles. Crowson said two of the men were taken to the hospital in critical condition.
"Man, it's crazy," Roberts said. "I just got off work, and I hear someone hollerin' up under the car. I went over to help them push the car off the guy."