Minnesota Vikings’ KJ Osborn says he and three others helped save man’s life by pulling him away from burning car

(CNN) Minnesota Vikings star KJ Osborn says he and three other people helped rescue a man trapped inside a burning car in Austin, Texas, on Sunday.

“Most of the time the saying goes ‘wrong place wrong time.’ But this time I think God had me, us, in the right place at the exact right time,” third-year wide receiver Osborn said in a Twitter posts on Monday.

“Last night myself and these 3 absolute heroes helped save a man’s life by rescuing him from a vehicle that was on fire after a violent crash. A situation I would never in a million years imagine being out of.

“I will leave you with this. God is real. And His LOVE is real. He will send His angels to encamp around you and give you His grace and mercy.”

Osborn posted several photos of the disturbing scene. One showed a burning car with what appears to be a man helping a person inside.

Another is a photo of the aftermath of the wrecked and burned vehicle. And a third of himself and the three other people he says helped the man escape the burning wreckage.

CNN has reached out to the Austin Police Department, but did not immediately hear back.

Osborn of the Minnesota Vikings warms up before a game on Nov. 7, 2021.

Speaking about the incident on ESPN’s Adam Schefter’s podcast, Osborn said: “I’m on my way home, I’m in the back of an Uber and my head is down and I’m on my phone, just on my way home.

“My Uber driver just starts going crazy. He’s like, ‘Oh my God! Oh my God!’ I look up and I wonder what the fuss is about and there’s no one on the street.

“He’s like, ‘This guy crashed,’ and I look to my right and there’s a car, if you could imagine, under the pillars of a bridge. His car is head-on. He hit the pillar and his car is standing in flames.”

The 25-year-old, who was selected in the fifth round of the 2020 NFL Draft out of the University of Miami, said his Uber driver exited the car and insisted they call 911.

The driver then ran up to the car door and Osborn followed. After initial hesitation, Osborn said he and the driver, with the help of two others at the scene, then pulled the man from the vehicle, picked him up and carried him to safety and waited with him until emergency medical services, firefighters and police arrived.

Osborn, who trains in Austin, says he has been in contact with the man and plans to visit him in the hospital with the three others who helped save him. He added that he believes the man only suffered minor injuries.

“I’m just thankful that I was able to help him as well as the other three heroes to be there.”

CNN reached out to the Vikings for comment from Osborn, but did not immediately hear back.

CNN’s Ben Church and Matt Foster contributed reporting.

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