LISTEN: Brandon Wright addresses public, thanks rescuers

Brandon Wright, the 21 year old Logan man pulled from underneath a burning vehicle near the Utah State University campus Monday, addressed the media for the first time Thursday after the story of his rescue has received international attention. Wright took time to thank the rescuers who rushed in, risking their own safety to save his life. “I wanted to thank all of the heroes that put their life on the line to save mine,” Wright said. “(I’m) forever in debt. I can’t thank ’em enough. I hope they know how much they mean to me.” Wright was riding his motorcycle on Hwy 89 when he was struck by a BMW and knocked unconscious. The motorcycle burst into flames, and the car also caught on fire with Wright beneath it. A video of the incident caught the drama and has captured media attention all over the world. About a dozen people who saw the crash swarmed toward the burning wreckage and lifted the car to one side as another man pulled Wright’s limp body free. “I would like to meet all the people that rescued me,” Wright said. “Hope I can soon.” Wright recounted his experience of the accident and thanked the people who pulled him to safety and particularly thanked one rescuer who worked to keep Wright’s eyes open. Wright suffered numerous fractures, mostly in his right leg, but doctors say he will make a full recovery. Wright admitted that he has seen part of the video of his rescue. He saw it on the news and couldn’t look away. “I looked dead. It’s unreal to see yourself like that,” he said. “Good people come from everywhere,” Wright said of the international students who assisted in his rescue. “How crazy is it that three people from three different countries were there for me when I needed them.” Suffering from multiple injuries doctors say it will take time for Wright’s body to heal. Wright suffered a broken fibula, tibia, and femur (each with rods in them), a fractured pelvis, a fractured vertebrae on his spine, burns on his left foot, bruised lungs, smoke inhalation, and road rash. “Brandon has a constellation of injuries. When they are combined the way they are it’s going to take him a while to soldier through this. It’s going to be a couple of months before Brandon will return to near normal,” said Dr. Tom White, the lead doctor on the trauma team treating Wright’s injuries. “I’ve always thought that life was extremely precious but having this experience makes it that much more precious to me,” Wright said. “I should have died several times.” Wright said when he’s healed he plans to go back to school and get his life back in order. He also has a desire to do more charity work. He has spent time doing humanitarian missions previously and plans to continue that work. Wright also said he wants to advocate for motorcycle safety. “I most of the time do wear a helmet but I was going maybe three or four miles from my house,” he said. “Short ride, wanted to make it quick. I’m definitely a helmet advocate now. Ride like you’re invisible. Wear a helmet. Keep the shiny side up.”

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