Car crashes scare me. Truth be told, I have personal reasons for hating them.
While traveling with my father in Utah, the wheel came off of the hotel van in which we were traveling. It flipped over while on the interstate.
Another time, a car ran my mother off the road on a rural, backcountry route. We crashed through a board fence, and one of the long lengths of wood shot through the window behind my head.
I say all this to highlight how quickly things can go south when you’re driving. It’s a reality that Minnesota resident Anthony Kasif knows all too well.
According to KARE, Kasif was driving on the interstate near Plymouth, Minnesota, on Jan. 26. It was evening and dark.
Cokato, Minnesota, residents David Johnson and Maria Berg were driving near Kasif. That was when they noticed something odd.
An individual in the right-hand lane had thrown his car in reverse. He was backing up against the flow of traffic.
“He was backing up in front of us,” Johnson told KARE. “A kid that was in the middle lane (Kasif) switched over to the right lane when he ran into that guy in the back.”
The accident was horrific. Kasif’s car crumpled like the proverbial tin can, squishing itself flat and leaving almost no room for his constricted frame.
Using her hands to measure a span of about 24 inches, Berg explained, “I mean, he was probably this big in that car. That’s how much you could see of him.”
The two pulled their car to a quick stop and immediately got out to help Kasif. Little did the accident victim know that he was in very capable hands.
Berg had served as a first responder for some 20 years. She’d also become a police chief in the Minnesotan town of Dassel.
Several people shed their jackets as they stood around the wreck and pressed them through the jagged gaps in the metal to insulate Kasif. Then Berg spoke with him and kept him calm.
She recounted, “I’m just like, ‘Tell me where, can you feel your legs, can you feel your hands? Keep looking at my face, do not turn your head.’
“My biggest concern was I didn’t want them to move him before paramedics got there because I’ve had bad experiences … It can be the only thing keeping him alive at that point.”
Fortunately, that wasn’t the case with Kasif. He was safely taken to the hospital and is currently recovering.
“What I wanted to do was make sure that kid didn’t die,” Johnson said. Speaking of Berg, he added, “I’m pretty willing to bet that he thinks she’s an angel.”
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