Motorcycle vs. car accident "just like a nightmare," says one rescuer

From CNN to the New Zealand Herald to being shared across Facebook, the video of Brandon Wright’s rescue has gone international.Wright, 21, was pinned under a BMW Monday morning after his bike and the vehicle collided on 400 North near Champ Drive in Logan, an accident that one rescuer, Thomas Timkin, described as “just like a nightmare.””You could just see his foot,” said Matt Barney at a press conference Tuesday.Barney made the 911 call Monday and was one of more than 10 bystanders and construction workers who were on scene when the accident happened and who rushed to help.”We don’t consider ourselves heroes,” Barney said. “If you see someone in danger, you help them.”The Associated Press reported Wright was driving his motorcycle when USU Huntsman School of Business official John Johnson pulled his BMW out of a parking lot. Predicting an accident with the vehicle, Wright laid down his bike and was hit by the vehicle. Police Chief Jeff Curtis said the accident is still being investigated and fault has not been established.After the collision, the BMW’s engine started to catch fire. Logan Police Sgt. Jason Olsen, who was a responder on Monday, said the situation was “volatile,” with the BMW beginning to catch fire and the threat of the vehicle exploding.Adrenaline kicked in, and before bystanders could really think about the possible danger, they worked together to lift the BMW off of Wright so he could be pulled from under it.James Odei, a USU statistics Ph.D. student from Ghana said, “The danger – I didn’t think of it for a minute, because I thought if it was my son under the car, or my brother or my relative, it doesn’t matter who was under the car so long as we can give him a second chance.”After rescuers lifted the BMW and removed Wright from under the car, emergency personnel began working on extinguishing the car fire to prevent an explosion. Wright was stabilized, transported to Logan Regional Hospital and then airlifted to the Intermountain Medical Center in Murray.At the press conference Tuesday, several of Wright’s rescuers said they thought Wright might be dead when they saw the scene, but this didn’t stop them from trying to help.”I always have hope,” Olsen said. “We don’t ever count anyone out.”Wright is still in the intensive care unit of the hospital but posted a message on his Facebook page saying he expects to make a full recovery.”I’d like to personally help the brave heroes who saved my life by pulling me out of the car as well as the police, EMTs and hospital staff for taking good care of me,” Wright wrote.- rachel@cvdaily.com

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