WALKER, Mich. (WOOD) — A Grand Rapids Press delivery man rescued a driver who was stranded on I-96 northwest of Grand Rapids early Wednesday.
Around 2 a.m., Press truck driver Al Slot was headed along the highway near the Fruit Ridge Avenue exit in Walker.
“I noticed a disabled car with no four-ways on,” he described. “I slowed down. The roads were extremely icy and I seen he had the dome light on, so I thought someone’s not real far away.”
Then he saw something.
“The next thing I know, just by the grace of God, I see this black object out in the snow out in the median. I’m thinking, is it a truck tire or something. I slow down and look, and I see a human arm waving. And I said, ‘Oh my God it’s a person,’” Slot said.
He stopped and helped the man out of the snow.
A few other drivers stopped to help lift the man into a pickup truck to keep warm until an ambulance arrived.
The man was wearing only a coat and pajama bottoms. In the freezing temperatures — which dipped to 4 degrees, not accounting for wind chill, according to Storm Team 8 — he likely would not have lasted long.
Al Slot is a distant relative of Walker Police Officer Trevor Slot, who in 2011 was hit and killed on the same stretch of I-96 where the Wednesday rescue happened.