Heroes Talk About Lifting Burning Car From Crash Victim
The heroes who saved a man’s life after a fiery car accident are speaking out about lifting the burning car off of the victim. INSIDE EDITION has the story.
The daring dozen who risked their lives to lift a burning car off an injured college student are speaking for the first time.
Kade Lundgren said the two-ton car felt like a feather as they lifted it up because they were only focused on saving a life.
"I was there at the right time at the right place. I did not feel a pound of that weight. I just grabbed and started lifting," said Lundgren.
It all happened at the Utah State University campus near Salt Lake City. A motorcycle and a car collided and burst into flames prompting a flood of 911 calls.
911 caller #1: "There's a man underneath a car and it's on fire!"
911 caller #2: "The motorcycle is spitting out fire and I don't know if it's going to explode or not."
911 caller #3: "Looks like someone may even be under the vehicle. Cars are burning."
Bystanders thought the man beneath the car was dead until 18-year-old student Kelsey Adler laid flat on the ground close to the fire and saw he was still alive.
"It was smoky and the fire was pretty bad but I looked down and God led my eyes to see the fingers of the victim under the car. It was too smoky to see so I went around the other side and ducked down and he was stuck under there," said Adler.
In an inspiring display of people power, 12 strangers gave a superhuman effort to lift the car.
Lee Christianson was wearing a hardhat for work and pulled the man to safety. He told Good Morning America's Robin Roberts he didn't think about the danger:
"You're so close to the flames Lee, did you think this could blow up at any time?" asked Roberts.
"I really wasn't thinking about it. I was more worried about getting the kid out of the car," said Christianson.
The injured motorcyclist, 21-year-old student Brandon Wright, says he was conscious beneath the vehicle but couldn't move and feared he would burn to death.
He posted a thank you on his Facebook page:
"I'd like to personally thank the brave heroes who saved my life by pulling me out from under the car...Thank-you everyone."
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