A woman was transported to the hospital after being pulled from her fiery automobile by the man whose pick-up truck she rear-ended Tuesday evening.

At approximately 6:15 p.m., a two-vehicle collision was reported in the 3200 block of U.S. Highway 183 North, just in front of the Early Food Mart.

According to eye witnesses and Charles Duncan, the driver of the white Dodge truck that was struck, the car behind Duncan collided with the truck as it had stopped to turn left, then veered through a fence into an open field. A fire began under the hood which quickly spread to the grass.

“I had my boys, 6 and 4, with me, and as soon as I got them out of the truck and asked someone to watch them, I went over there and tried to get the lady out,” said Duncan, who added the female driver never lost consciousness. The identity of the female driver of the car was not provided by law enforcement officials at the scene.

Shortly after Duncan and another unidentified man had pulled the female driver from the car, a “very small explosion” followed, according to a witness.

“She had paint all over the inside of the car,” said Duncan, who pointed out some that had gotten on his clothing while removing the woman from the car. “She was coherent but she was trying to get her stuff out of the car.”

Lifeguard Ambulance later transported the woman to Brownwood Regional Medical Center with unknown injuries.

“She said her knee hurt,” Duncan added.

The Early Police Department was investigating the accident, while the Early Volunteer Fire Department responded to the fire with mutual aid from the Brownwood Fire Department.