Miracle at the creek: 6 lives rescued after van crashes

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LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - It's being called, "Miracle at the creek". Six people were rescued Tuesday morning after their van rolled over and landed upside down near the bottom of a bridge. It happened around 9:45a.m. on the 100 block of Johnston Street in Longview. That's near Elite Gym.

It took fire fighters and EMS less than one hour to rescue all six victims from the overturned Chevy van, but it was Longview citizen Blake Hunter who was the first on the scene trying to help.

"All the patients, they was smashed up and packed on each other and the driver for some reason she was up under her seat," said Hunter. "Thank God for just giving me the mind frame to even try to jump down and help them, and then I found out it was a snake down there! it was right there beside me, so actually I never saw the snake. I didn't even think anything. I just thought they was upside down and I needed to get down there and help them."

Police said four handicap passengers were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Two passengers managed to walk away from the accident. Those two are employees of a residential care facility, who were caring for the special needs patients. Thankfully for them first responders were there to care for them all.

"I was just doing what any body else would have did," said Hunter. "You know, they would have jumped down and tried to save a life. That's the important thing. So, no, I'm not a hero these guys right here (he points behind him to the emergency responders) are all the heroes. I was just the first one on the scene."

He was the first one on the scene of a rollover accident that thanks to Hunter could have been a lot worse. Police tell us all of the victims are recovering with non-life threatening injuries at local hospitals. The driver of the van was cited for failing to control speed.

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