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Toyota Will Replace Tundra That Charged into a California Wildfire

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 11/13/2018 Motor Trend Staff
Toyota Tundra Northern California fire© Motor Trend Staff Toyota Tundra Northern California fire

Unless you've been living under a rock, you've probably heard that California is facing its deadliest wildfire in history. So far, 42 people have lost their lives in Northern California's "Camp Fire," and more than 200 people are missing. A nurse has emerged as one of the heroes of the disaster, driving into the flames to evacuate patients from the intensive care unit he manages. While he made it out alive, his Toyota Tundra didn't fare so well. Once Toyota found out about the nurse's heroic deeds, the company offered to replace his Tundra.

The nurse, whose name is Allyn Pierce, posted a picture of the fire-damaged Tundra on social media. In the post, he said "this truck literally saved my life today." In response, Toyota said, "We are humbled you'd risk your life and Toyota Tundra to drive people to safety. Don't worry about your truck, we're honored to get you a new one!"

We reached out to Toyota for further comment on the matter, and were issued this statement:

"Our hearts go out to the victims of the devastating California wild fires. We are extremely grateful to all of the emergency crews who are working tirelessly to extinguish the fires and helping people to safety. We are especially thankful to one hero in particular, Allyn Pierce, for risking his life and sacrificing his Toyota Tundra to drive people to safety. Toyota is so humbled by Mr. Pierce's selfless act that we're pleased to offer him a brand new Tundra."

We'd also like to send our hearts out to those who have lost loved ones or their homes in the Camp Fire and the fires in Southern California.

Source: the_pandra via Instagram, Allyn Pierce via Facebook, The New York Times, CBS News

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