On his way home from a doctor’s visit, this US Army Ranger was in the right place at the right time to help save a truck driver after a crash on the highway.
Alexei Newell has been an Army Ranger since 2014 and hasn’t let his battles with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma hold him back from helping others.
While on his way from North Carolina to Georgia for a doctor’s visit, Newell came across an accident where a tractor-trailer went off the road on Interstate 85.
“I threw on my shoes really quick, jumped out and I wanted to run over there and make sure the driver was okay,” said Newell. He knew his military training could be the difference between life or death for anyone involved.
According to the South Carolina Highway Patrol, the driver of the northbound tractor-trailer lost control after his truck malfunctioned. The truck went through a median, crossed the southbound lane and ran into an embankment.
“The driver side door was pinned by the trailer because of the way it crashed and I went over to the passenger side and checked the door handles and couldn’t get in,” Newell said.
“I tried to kick the window out and someone tossed me up a stick and I smashed it out like that,” he continued.
Another helpful bystander used a fire extinguisher to put out a fire that had started in the engine while Newell went into the cabin to help the driver.
“I found his phone and gave it to him so he could call his wife, and then it turned into me keeping his wife calm,” said Newell. “I told her, ‘My name is Lex. I’m in the truck with your husband right now and everything is going to be fine.’”
As of this moment, there is no word on the condition of the driver, but Newell wishes him a speedy recovery.
As for Newell, he says he is cancer free but is still having routine checkups like the one he was coming home from—in this case to make sure that the cancer doesn’t return.
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