Woman Would Have Burned Alive if Samaritan Hadn't Saved Her After Being Hit by Drunk Driver

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The holidays require a lot of traveling. Unless you’re the one tasked with hosting the get-togethers, chances are you’ll be doing a good bit of driving to get to your destinations.

With that comes a lot of people out on the roads who shouldn’t be, leading to tragic accidents.

For the Green family, the holidays will always be a time of gratitude that one of their family members is still alive despite a horrific driving accident.

Andrea Green was traveling from Colorado to Oregon with her dog, Theodore, for Thanksgiving. The 28-year-old made it through a part of Utah before encountering a terrifying sight.

“As I came around a turn I saw lights coming at me in my lane and I was really confused,” Green said, according to KOBI. “Everything happened really fast.”

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The oncoming drunk driver plowed into her, killing her dog and pinning her inside of her totaled vehicle. A fire broke out.

“My leg was crushed and stuck against my dashboard,” Green said.

If someone didn’t help — and quickly — she would’ve burned to death.

But when passerby and stranger Blake Grundvig saw what happened, he pulled off to the side of the road to help. He didn’t know if the woman was still alive or not, but he put out the fire using a fire extinguisher he had in his car.

Both Drea and her mother know that Grundvig is the reason Andrea is alive today, and they are both incredibly grateful for his intervention.

“One of the guys that was trying to help her, he ran to his car and he got a… fire extinguisher out and put the fire out before the fire department got there,” her mother, Diane, told KSL. “I feel like he saved her life.”

“Blake had a fire extinguisher and put it out and so that literally saved my life. I would have burned to death,” Andrea admitted.

“When I saw the pictures of her car, you can’t help but just be amazed,” her mother said. “It was a miracle that she made it through it.”

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The road of recovery will be long and Andrea is mourning the loss of her dog, but the fact that she is alive is enough for this family.

And, despite the horrific accident, Andrea is counting her blessings.

“I get to be here with my family even longer than I expected,” she said. “It’s just… thank you, everyone… it’s just been so great.”

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Amanda holds an MA in Rhetoric and TESOL from Cal Poly Pomona. After teaching composition and logic for several years, she's strayed into writing full-time and especially enjoys animal-related topics.
As of January 2019, Amanda has written over 1,000 stories for The Western Journal but doesn't really know how. Graduating from California State Polytechnic University with a MA in Rhetoric/Composition and TESOL, she wrote her thesis about metacognitive development and the skill transfer between reading and writing in freshman students.
She has a slew of interests that keep her busy, including trying out new recipes, enjoying nature, discussing ridiculous topics, reading, drawing, people watching, developing curriculum, and writing bios. Sometimes she has red hair, sometimes she has brown hair, sometimes she's had teal hair.
With a book on productive communication strategies in the works, Amanda is also writing and illustrating some children's books with her husband, Edward.
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