The burned out Ford F-150 (Source: Indiana State Police)
The damaged Hyundai Santa Fe (Source: Indiana State Police)
SCOTTSBURG, IN (WAVE) - Would you put your own life on the line to save a stranger? A young boy and two women likely owe their lives to Good Samaritans who came upon a deadly accident on Interstate 65 in southern Indiana.
I've been doing this awhile, seen a lot of scenes," said Chris Fugate. "If I'm called, it's bad."
On a straight stretch of I-65 just inside the Scott County line, Fugate could see the smoke ahead of him. Fugate, the Scott County deputy coroner, was back of it with his two teenagers in tow.
When he got closer, Fugate saw a Hyundai Santa Fe and a Ford F-150 dual-cab pickup truck. The pickup, which was towing a trailer, was bent, broken and burned down to their frames. Natalie Bomar, 19, of Mount Washington, KY, had been driving the Santa Fe. Sandra Godsave, 62 of Greenwood, IN, her husband and grandson were in the pickup. With the Godsave's pickup on fire, the women and Godsave's grandson, Andrew, age 9, were trapped in the wreckage with no way out … until passing drivers stepped up.
Indiana State Police say Bomar was heading south when she lost control of her vehicle, went into the median, through the cable barriers and into the northbound lanes. Bomar's SUV hit the Godsave's pickup on the driver's side, sending it into a ditch on fire.
Fugate didn't know who was involved, but he would learn the names soon enough.
"You have to try to block it out as much as possible," said Fugate. "You have to understand it's a job. But it's hard."
In the aftermath of the crash, with the vehicle on fire, several brave citizens ran up to the car to get those inside out. While state police aren't saying how many, or who, no one could doubt their impact. They were able Sandra and Andrew out, but not Sandra's husband, Dennis Godsave, 62.
"They were able to pull the little boy and the wife out," said Fugate, "so I'm thankful for it and I'm sure the family is too."
Fugate didn't let his teenagers get close enough to see the worst. But when your oldest has an appointment to get her learners permit, it scares a father. Fugate said both of his children will be getting "the lecture."
ISP said the crash reconstruction report may not be in until mid-week. It's not clear whether these heroes without names were witnesses or came upon the crash after it happened.
Bomar and Godsave are both are listed in fair condition. How badly the women were injured is not known; their families have requested privacy.
State police say Andrew Godsave was taken to Kosair Children's Hospital in Louisville. When we checked today, the hospital had no record of him.
Saturday, July 26 2014 2:09 PM EDT2014-07-26 18:09:07 GMT
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