By Ralph Iannotti

DUQUESNE (KDKA) — A West Mifflin High School senior was driving to his father’s house Friday afternoon when he proved himself mature beyond his years.

Cody Hayden, 18, was nearing the McKeesport-Duquesne Bridge when two vehicles coming from the opposite direction were involved in an accident on the bridge.

Both vehicles ended up plowing into concrete barriers.

Hayden parked his SUV, jumped out and ran over to a Toyota which had crashed. An unidentified woman appeared to be trapped behind the steering wheel.

He pulled open the driver’s side door and tried prying her out by ripping off her seat belt. He then shut off the ignition, fearing that the car might catch fire and pulled the driver about 15 feet away from the wreck.

Police and paramedics arrived moments later and the woman was transported to the hospital with what were believed to be non-life threatening injuries.

Hayden, who says he will join the Marines after his graduation in June, said he never thought twice about getting involved, describing himself as a ‘”natural born helper.”

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