About 100 miles northeast of La Crosse, a woman recently spent her 47th birthday in a hospital room, grateful to be alive after a violent car crash.
She was grateful, too, that the young passenger who had been in her SUV as it traveled on Highway 13 in Marshfield, Wisconsin, was still alive as well.
She had been traveling east on the highway on a Saturday morning with her boyfriend's three-year-old son along. That's when a 16-year-old driver headed in the opposite direction swerved on the shoulder of the highway, overcorrected and then careened across the centerline and into her lane.
Upon the violent impact, she was ejected from the vehicle and was later transported to an area hospital where she was listed in critical condition. A couple of days later, her condition was upgraded to fair.
Her SUV was on fire, however, and the little boy was still inside, strapped into his car seat.
Nearby, a woman, her husband and their child were visiting her parents. They didn't see the crash but they heard it.
They immediately set out to see if they could do anything to help. When they found the crash scene, the husband tried to get the boy out of fiery vehicle. Two other men also arrived and tried to help. All three tried to get the boy out from the wreck; finally, one of them -- the father of a young child -- was able to get the boy from the burning vehicle.
A witness said the man was "able to get the child out of the vehicle, because he was able to get in the vehicle and knew how to work the car seat."
Thank goodness courageous people, including that brave father of a young child, were there to help the boy out.
Source: Wisconsin Rapids Tribune, "Many helped rescue crash victims Saturday," June 12, 2012