Driver involved in one-vehicle crash grateful for those who help - KOAM TV 7

Driver involved in one-vehicle crash grateful for those who helped her

Jeremy Scherle always has his camera on him.  

"If I see something of interest, I'll take photos or videotape."

Which what he did Saturday evening at his family's home. He says he heard a loud noise, and ran to the road to find a minivan flipped over in the ditch.  

Instantly, people in the area rushed over.  

"There were three cars backed up, the people in the cars jumped out to help, the neighbors helped, I was helping, people here were helping, all trying to help out who was in the van," said Scherle.

The accident report states the van, driven by a 31-year-old female, drove off the side of the road, hit an embankment and overturned.  

Scherle says he saw flames and smoke.  

"I grabbed the hose, it got tangled up, grabbed the extension, threw it down to the bystanders down there so they help get the fire out quickly while 911 was being called."

The fire department they got here as fast as they could," said George E. Lewis. "They was all, you know, pitching in to help do what they could. " 

During the chaos, Scherle documented the incident.  

Carl Junction Fire Chief Bill Dunn says there were no flames when his crew arrived. He says he is appreciative of people's effort to help the woman while emergency officials were in route.

"Then once we get there, then we take over the scene to do the things we have to do to extricate this young lady. She was kind of half in and half out of the car through the windshield. We had to lift the car up to get her foot free."

She was taken to Freeman West hospital with moderate injuries.  

It was a quiet evening, that turned chaotic. But Shirley says he hopes the record of the event shows people's good intentions. 

The driver did not want to comment on camera, but wants to extend her sincere thanks to everyone that helped her. 

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