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Good Samaritans push car off sleeping man after crash in downtown Houston

Six others injured

HOUSTON – One man was pinned under a car and six other people were injured Monday in a crash in downtown Houston, police said.

The crash was reported around 11:30 p.m. on Fannin at Pierce. Investigators said a car ran a red light, crashed into another vehicle, struck a light pole, hit several people while they slept and then landed on top of a man.

Good Samaritans helped push the car off the man, police said.

Police said the driver put the car in neutral so they could lift it, and four other people lifted the vehicle off the man. Then one of the good Samaritans pulled the victim from under the vehicle.

The victim was taken to Ben Taub Hospital with serious injuries. Six other people, including two adults with children, were taken to a hospital suffering from various injuries.

All of the victims are expected to be OK.

Justin Jones said he didn't think much about it before jumping into action.

"It was four of us trying to pull the car off of him; hold him still under the car. Paramedics showed up two or three minutes after," Jones said. "I just know we had to get the car off of him."

"If Justin wasn't there, or the others that helped him, we don’t know how this is going to turn out," Houston Fire Department Capt. James Mockler said. "But it's definitely better because of Justin, and we sure appreciate it."

A city ordinance bars people from sleeping on the sidewalk.

"They tell us to move along, you know," Shane Marse said.

Mayor Sylvester Turner and the City Council told Channel 2 earlier this month that they want to place 500 homeless people in permanent housing, but with funding cuts they need to find the money elsewhere. The goal of the ordinance is to keep homeless people safe off the streets.

City officials said they want permanent housing for the homeless within six months.

Police said the driver was not intoxicated and was released.

It is unclear if any charges will be filed.

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