Heroes pulled me from burning motor home
MY wife, grandson and I were in our motorhome heading to Hecla Island for a few days of camping and fishing. We were travelling north on Sturgeon Road near Inkster Boulevard. I noticed a vehicle coming towards us that had crossed over the centre line and was now crowding our lane.
I slowed down hoping the other driver would swerve back to the proper lane. On my right were deep and steep ditches, definitely not a place for a motorhome to seek refuge, due to the fact it could roll and would flatten, probably killing everyone inside.
I chose to keep to the right, well on the gravel shoulder, while applying the brakes and hanging on to the steering wheel for dear life. The other vehicle struck my motorhome head on.
I was knocked unconscious. The rest of the story comes from my wife, Diana, grandson Riley, and two strangers who are the heroes of this encounter whom I have yet to meet face to face.
One of these guys was also travelling south on Sturgeon but did not ar- rive on scene until a couple of minutes after the accident. As he approached, he noticed a fire under the front of my vehicle and a lot of people standing around but only one individual doing anything to help my family.
He assisted with my wife and grandson, who were removed through the side door. He and the other rescuer learned from my wife that I was still in the cab of the motorhome. The driver’s door was impossible to open. Using brute strength, both gentlemen managed to open the passenger door. Due to the angle of the shoulder of the road and the height of the passenger seat it was extremely difficult for them.
One of the guys entered the side door and made his way to the cab through choking black smoke. He managed to unfasten my seatbelt and while flames were coming from under the dashboard, he was able to assist the second guy with getting me outside. They dragged me safely away from the burning vehicle while bystanders watched from a safe distance.
Within two minutes, the interior was engulfed in flames.
My family is extremely grateful to these gentlemen. They deserve special recognition for their heroism, but we are unable to find anyone who is able to point us in the right direction. These guys are truly heroes.
We would also like to acknowledge and thank the nurse who arrived on the scene and addressed our injuries until the ambulances arrived.