KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The family of the man killed Tuesday in a fiery crash on I-435 say he was a beloved father, grandfather and great-grandfather from Kansas City, Mo.
FOX 4's Robert Townsend spoke to Maurice Garnett the day after his father, Arthur Garnett, 85, was killed.
Tuesday afternoon police say Arthur Garnett was driving northbound on I-435 near Bannister when his car abruptly stalled in the middle of the busy interstate. Witnesses told police several cars swerved to miss the stalled vehicle. According to witnesses a driver in a Ford Taurus could not stop in time and struck the back of Garnett's car. It burst into flames with Arthur Garnett trapped in the crumpled, burning car.
"They were trying to get him out. He was unconscious," Maurice said.
Family members say other drivers, including Garnett's own great-niece who is a nurse, stopped on the highway, jumped out of their cars and ran to try to rescue him. She had no idea the injured man was her great-uncle.
"She said them guys were on top of the car, trying to break the window and open the door and they got burnt and she ended up trying to assist them," said Maurice. "And I appreciate that. Thank you."
Maurice says years ago his dad worked as an engineer for TWA before retiring after more than 20 years on the job.
He says his father was the pillar of their family and a strong, independent man always on the go.
"He enjoyed life itself. Gambling at the casinos since he's been retired for years, so he's just living it. Living life," said Maurice Garnett.
The driver of the Ford was not seriously hurt and also tried to help save him.