On Monday in Logan, Utah a motorcycle accident left one man laying underneath a car, with the motorcycle and front end of the car in flames. Witnesses to the accident quickly rushed forward to try to help, but clearly no one could save the man by themselves.
Here’s a description of what happened from the Salt Lake Tribune:
Timplen said he quickly pulled on a pair of gloves, and then witnesses said they watched him try single-handedly, but unsuccessfully, to lift the heavy car off Wright. Then two or three more people tried to help.
When Logan patrol Sgt. Jason Olsen pulled up, he saw the woman laying on her belly and Timplen and the few others trying to move the heavy car. Olsen said he went for a jack to try to prop the car up, but within 3 to 5 seconds, a dozen people materialized and worked together to push the car off Wrightâ€™s body. “I thought it was awesome,” Olsen said.
The accident happened right near Utah State Universityâ€™s math department. “I heard screaming,” said Anvar Suyundikov, a graduate student from Uzbekistan studying statistics.
Another grad student in statistics, Abbass Sharif, of Lebanon, said his thoughts naturally drifted toward the injured manâ€™s odds of surviving. “What are the chances of him living or dying,” Sharif said he thought. He believed death would be 100 percent certain if no one helped, but heâ€™d have a chance of survival Ââ€” albeit however small â€” if others helped.
What Happened Exactly?
Assistant Logan Police Chief Jeff Curtis said the accident occurred when the BMW, exiting a parking lot across the street from the Utah State University campus, drove in front of Wrightâ€™s bike. Wright and his bike then slid into and under the car. The bike caught fire when its gas line ruptured, and the flames spread to the BMW. The Highway Patrol continued to investigate the accident Tuesday afternoon, Curtis said.
Barney said the male driver of the BMW was “very emotional” and shaken by what had occurred. Curtis said Wright suffered broken bones, cuts and burns. The driver of the BMW was not injured. Police said alcohol and drugs were not a factor.
“Iâ€™m just very thankful for everyone that helped me out,” Wright told The Associated Press by telephone from his hospital bed. “They saved my life.”
Firefighters put out the flames and rushed Wright to the hospital by medical helicopter.