1:00 PM EDT, September 15, 2011
"I should have died when I hit the pavement. I should've died when I hit the car. I should've died when the car burst into flames," said Brandon Wright.
The college student who was trapped beneath a burning car until a group of brave bystanders lifted it up and dragged him clear is talking for the first time.
"I just wanted to thank all the heroes that put their lives on the line to save mine. I'm forever in debt. I can't thank them enough," said Wright.
The 21-year-old fist bumped his doctor as he was brought into a hospital press conference in a wheelchair.
He is recovering from a double leg break, a fractured pelvis, and burns.
"I'd like to meet all the people that rescued me. I hope I can soon," said Wright.
Wright, a student at Utah State University, was trapped when his motorcycle crashed into a BMW.
"I remember swerving to try and avoid the car. The last second I laid the bike down as a last ditch effort, and then I blacked out," said Wright.
He said he watched in disbelief the dramatic video of the rescue, which has been seen around the world.
"I couldn't look away. I didn't want to watch it, but I couldn't look away. Then everyone swarms in, picks up the car. Then I see my body, and I just look dead," said Wright.
He said he remembers being under the vehicle and not being able to move.
He said his brush with death and the amazing rescue has changed his outlook on life.
"Something like this definitely restores my faith in humanity, and I think it does that for a lot of other people, " said Wright.