Bystanders in a Utah town were able to witness a feat most will only see in a movie: a group of people coming together to lift up a fiery SUV, freeing a trapped motorcyclist underneath.
On Monday, a car hit a motorcycle near the Utah State University campus in Logan, causing the bike to slide underneath the vehicle and trap the rider as it burst into flames.
Disregarding their own safety, half a dozen people lined up on one side of the car to free the imprisoned rider, identified as Brandon Wright. Slowly, they managed to lift the roughly 4,000 pound vehicle high enough for a rescuer to pull Wright away from the wreckage.
I'm just very thankful for everyone that helped me out, Wright told The Associated Press, speaking from his hospital bed. They saved my life.
Chris Garff, a local graduate school student, happened to be on scene and caught the miraculous rescue mission on camera. The event, which occurred on Monday, has gone viral on the internet, with the helpful bystanders being lauded as heroes and angels.
Every one of those people put their lives in danger, Assistant Police Chief Jeff Curtis told The AP. You can only speculate what the outcome would have been if they hadn't lifted that car.
Wright is in satisfactory condition. He suffered two broken legs, a broken pelvis, road rash, burns and some abrasions. However, he did not sustain any head trauma even though he was not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.
The driver of the SUV, identified as John Johnson, had minor injuries. Curtis said he was unsure as to whether any citations would be issued or charges filed.