A 1988 Isuzu truck was fully engulfed in flames when the Belen Fire Department reached the scene on I-25 just after noon on Wednesday.
Brandy Woodley of Albuquerque was on her way to Las Cruces when said she started to smell smoke and all of her interior lights came on.
Instead of stopping in Socorro, Woodley decided to pull over between mile markers 190 and 195.
“The engine started bubbling, and I could tell the hood was about to pop,” Woodley said. “I was really upset. It was the cutest little truck.”
Truckers Peddy Whitley and Charlie Martin noticed the troubled and stopped to help. Along with another passerby, the husband and wife duo grabbed their fire extinguishers to put out the flames.
“We saw the smoke and pulled over. We always try and help our fellow drivers,” Whitley said.
Whitley gave the young woman a hug. “I needed that,” Woodley said as she waited for her dad to arrive at the scene.
Assistant Fire Chief Skip Mills checked to make sure Woodley was all right before leaving the scene to go to another fire.
“You can replace the car, not the person,” he said.
The reason for the fire is still undetermined.