RICHLAND, Mich. (WOOD) – A good Samaritan is being credited with saving a woman’s life after a head-on crash on an icy road.
It happened shortly before 8 a.m. Friday on 24th Street near the curve into AB Avenue, near Richland, when one of the vehicles lost control on the icy road, hitting the car heading in the opposite direction.
The crash sent one car, driven by 21-year-old Sally Blodgett, into a ditch. She was pinned between the steering wheel and front seat with a broken arm. Meanwhile, the car was beginning to catch fire.
Thomas Young, 20, came upon the crash at the right moment. He smashed a window. Then he and another woman crawled into the burning car.
“The way I look at it was either I’m going to get her out or I’m going to watch her burn and I don’t really want to watch someone die,” said Young. “I was scared. I was very scared because I didn’t know if I was going to be able to get her out.”
Young drives a truck for World Mission Clothing but for some reason Friday morning he decided to do his normal route backwards which put him in the right place at the right time.
“I didn’t have anything. I didn’t have a fire extinguisher. I didn’t have a knife to cut the seat belt. I had nothing but trying something is better than just sitting there and watching it, I mean, so we are very blessed that we actually go her out,” Young said.
Through a hospital spokesperson, Blodgett said she wanted to pass on her gratitude to the two people who came to her rescue. She is currently listed in fair condition.
The other driver was not seriously injured in crash.