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A trucker was at the right place at the right time to become a hero when he rescued a utility worker who was trapped in a raised bucket truck, which had caught fire below.

With just minutes to spare before the truck exploded, a police officer ran over to a tractor trailer that was stopped at a nearby intersection.

The driver, Efrain Zepeda, sprang into action, moving his trailer beneath the Santa Rosa, California utility worker, without care for his own safety, to provide the man with a means of escape.

Amidst plumes of black smoke and flames, the worker was able to jump down onto the truck, and evade serious injury or death.

Zepeda works for Estes Express Lines which praised their driver’s actions in an email to GNN.

“It is nothing short of a miracle that our driver, Efrain, was there just as this individual needed rescue from such a dire situation. Enough can’t be said about his bravery and immediate actions that allowed the worker to escape,” said Webb Estes, the company’s vice president of process improvement.

“At Estes, the safety of everyone on the road is our highest priority and Efrain’s heroics exemplify this to the fullest.”

The Sonoma County Professional Firefighters union, which posted the video on Facebook, summed it up: “Our citizens never cease to amaze us!”