Bystanders lift car off crash victim - FOX 13 News

Bystanders lift car off crash victim

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Motorcyclist Matthew Watson has two broken arms and a broken leg, but he is alive thanks to a construction crew that came to the rescue after a crash on Dale Mabry Highway.

The crew was taking a break just before 10 a.m. Monday when they saw it happen.

"We see the guy hit the car, hit the back window, flew over the car, the car propelled him forward, then the car ran over him and stopped on top of him," said Larry Jones. "Me and some of my co-workers ran out to try and lift the car off of him."

At first, they couldn't lift the car. Referring to news reports about similar situations, Jones knew it could be done, so he called to more of his co-workers to help. "Eight or 10 of us run out there, we picked the car up and the car started rolling so we pushed it sideways and got him out from under it."

Paramedics took over as soon as they arrived. They treated Watson at the scene, then took him to St. Joseph's Hospital. Watson is expected to survive, but Jones says he was in bad shape, describing several broken bones, including a compound fracture of his leg.

The crash tied up traffic for much of the morning. Watson's heavily damaged motorcycle could be seen lying on its side as traffic crawled around it, and the shoes Watson wore at the time of the crash sat on the pavement nearby.

According to preliminary information, deputies say Watson was driving a 2003 Kawasaki motorcycle at a high rate of speed. They say he was passing back and forth between cars when he rear-ended the one driven by Jashwanti Patel, 72. Patel had stopped for traffic in front of him.

The heroes who helped lift the car off Watson had a modest tone Monday.

"I just feel lucky that we were on break so we could help the guy out," Jones said. "We were real lucky to be where we were, when we were."

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