WHITEHALL, Mich. (Feb. 8, 2014) — Andrew Smith, 50, was in a vehicle with his sister, 4-year-old niece and his dog on Wednesday morning when their truck hit a slick spot along US-31 near Whitehall. The vehicle flew off the road and flipped several times.
Seconds later, Smith realized he was trapped following the crash. Before a call for help, a tow truck driver nearby that witnessed the crash ran to help, something Smith will never forget.
FOX 17 reunited the two for the first time since the crash.
Smith calls him his guardian angel. Eagle Towing driver Dan Davis said that he was only following his instincts.
“I’m a very helpful person. I’ve always been that way. I was born that way, raised that way to help people out and that’s what I did,” said Davis.
“I’m telling him, get the baby, get the baby. Then I’m worried about my dog. My little dog was with us and just her head was sticking out in the snow and her front paws,” said Smith.
Smith’s 4-year-old niece and dog were pulled to safety, which then shifted the attention to Smith’s sister, trapped in the driver’s seat. Smith’s sister was then pulled out of the vehicle after Davis was able to shift Smith’s body off of her.
Davis climbed into the vehicle, wedging himself between the snow and Smith, who was trapped in the wreckage.
“I said you got to be cramping up, and he said no don’t worry about it… he kept worrying about me,” said Smith.
Even Davis said that he isn’t sure how he got the strength to help Smith.
“I don’t know how to explain it. It’s just he was in need of help, so I just kept putting it in my mind that this man needs help, this man needs help, and that’s all I could do was just help him,” said Davis.
Smith was eventually pulled out of the vehicle after 70 minutes. Smith said that he will be forever grateful for what Davis did for him.
Thankfully everyone in the vehicle only suffered minor injuries.