The Highway Patrol has credited a Bakersfield salesman and four truck drivers with rescuing two people from a burning automobile in which two others died after a head-on collision with a motor home on Interstate 5 near Newhall.
Reaching into the burning car, the rescuers pulled the driver, Paul Swanson, 26, of Sepulveda, and Josh Sallaz, 5, of Lebec to safety, Fred Oakes of the Highway Patrol's Newhall office said.
Swanson and Sallaz were in serious condition at Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital Thursday, a hospital spokeswoman said.
The other two passengers died in the car as flames engulfed it, Oakes said.
The coroner's office identified them Thursday as Sandra Contreras, 29, of Lebec, and her infant son, Joseph Swanson. Sallaz is Contreras' son by a former marriage, Oakes said.
Oakes said Swanson, driving south on Interstate 5 about a half mile north of Templin Highway, lost control when his left front tire blew out about 2 p.m. Wednesday. The 1974 Mercury crossed the divider and hit the motor home. The motor home came to rest on top of the car and caught fire, Oakes said.