Superman Santa Pulls Man From Burning Truck

Former volunteer firefighter Brad Luddeke of Arlington, Texas, was on his way to deliver toys when he encountered a two-car collision and stopped to direct traffic around the burning wreckage. Courtesy of WFAA.

With five days until Christmas, you'd think Santa would be up north, feeding the reindeer and making sure the sleigh was up to speed.

Instead, he was spotted on Interstate 635 in Dallas County, Texas yesterday, pulling a man out of a burning truck.  He then directed traffic around the burning wreckage of the two-car collision.

Margie Culberson, who witnessed this superman Santa, told ABC affiliate WFAA-TV:  "It must have just happened," while taking photos with her iPhone. "It was a fireball and a lot of black smoke."

In typical Santa fashion, the police have no record of the superman Santa.  He was discovered by WFAA-TV to be Brad Luddeke, a former volunteer firefighter from Arlington, Texas.

Luddeke was on his way to deliver toys to families in need, dressed in a Santa costume, which he does annually.

As timing would have it, Luddeke reached the car crash in time.  "As soon as I grabbed his jacket and pulled him away, I said, 'Your car's on fire,'" Luddeke told WFAA. "We turned to leave, and I guess the battery exploded. And that's when everything went up."

Luddeke is no stranger to the tragedy and loss that can occur with car accidents; he lost his teenage son seven years ago in a single-vehicle accident.  This tragedy changed his life and altered his future.  He knows how it only takes one person at the right time to save someone, and that kindness and love are what this season is all about.

But what about Christmas gifts, feeding the reindeer, and checking the sleigh?

"Santa won't be late this year kids," Luddeke told WFFA. "Santa was just helping out when needed."

Just make sure you leave him a few extra cookies this year.