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Students, Workers Lift Burning Car Off of Trapped Motorcyclist: VIDEO


You always hope that people will come together and help in an emergency. This time, in Utah, they did:

Abbass Sharif remembers only that something needed to be done as he, a fellow Utah State University doctoral candidate and more than half dozen others lined up on one side of the 4,000-pound car. They were able to lift it within moments, allowing one of the rescuers to pull Brandon Wright to safety.

“The chance of him dying if we don’t do it is like 100 percent,” the 28-year-old Sharif said, recalling the sequence of events that played out Monday in Logan, a college town roughly 90 miles north of Salt Lake City.

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  1. Abbas Sharif is undoubtedly a Muslim. Word is out: Muslims are human too. Pass it on.

    Posted by: Danny | Sep 14, 2011 9:22:35 AM

  2. Look at all them socialists working together!

    I assume the guy standing around in a suit is a Republican who was waiting to confirm that the victim has health insurance before helping to pull him out.

    Posted by: nodnarb | Sep 14, 2011 9:26:46 AM

  3. But did the cyclist live? I've yet to learn that detail. I mean it's amazing and heartening that all these people were willing to risk themselves to lift that car together and get him- but it would help to know it wasn't a moot point.

    Posted by: AedanCRoberts | Sep 14, 2011 9:28:40 AM

  4. Click the first link. Its an article with more details. He lives.

    Posted by: Mark | Sep 14, 2011 9:37:00 AM

  5. From an AP article:
    On Tuesday, Intermountain Medical Center spokesman Jess Gomez said Wright was expected to be moved from intensive care to a regular room at the Murray hospital and upgraded to satisfactory condition.

    "Brandon is doing pretty well, very well considering what happened," Wright's uncle Tyler Riggs said during a news conference Tuesday. "He's going to make it out of this fine with some recovery."

    Despite not wearing a helmet, Riggs said Wright had suffered no head trauma in the accident. Wright does have two broken legs, a broken pelvis, road rash, burns on his left foot and abrasions to his forehead.

    Posted by: hank in l.a. | Sep 14, 2011 9:39:20 AM

  6. Not to over-politicize someone's misfortune, but after the past couple weeks worth of Republican/Tea Party death to the people cheers at their debates and events, it's great (despite the obvious trauma and tragedy) to see something that reaffirms that there are PLENTY of decent, caring people in the world, willing to aid their fellow humans in a moment of need and crisis.

    Posted by: Ben | Sep 14, 2011 9:57:07 AM

  7. Danny = YEPP

    Nodnarb = LOL

    aeden, mark, hank....= good question and thanx for info on him living

    Ben = totally agree

    This is my new fave vid besides the 1 where the lab chimps first see sunlight

    Posted by: say what | Sep 14, 2011 10:07:17 AM

  8. But I thought Utah was all neofascist, Mormon [GASP!] racist, sexist homophobes? You mean Arabs live there [BTW he could be Christian; there are many Christian Arabs, even Jews who have lived in Muslim dominated nations for eons.

    I know personally a similar story [friend] who wiped out his motorcycle in a very well-known 'progressive' enclave [HINT: lots of academics, students] and he laid on the ground for 1/2 hr before anyone helped. Many cars and people drove/walked/jogged by him, and did nothing.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Sep 14, 2011 10:15:25 AM

  9. Fatbastard: I have great reservations about the human values of self-styled, self-conscious "progressives"and am not surprised by what you describe. What's even worse is the trend of people doing nothing in such situations but texting and sending pix from their phones.

    Posted by: gregory brown | Sep 14, 2011 11:15:58 AM

  10. An amazing story. Logan is a college town and is really pretty progressive--especially by Utah standards. They actually passed an anti-discrimination ordinance that prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation. It's one of the few somewhat enlightened places in Utah (Moab, Park City, parts of Salt Lake, Logan),

    Posted by: db | Sep 14, 2011 11:54:43 AM

  11. Make sure your state has a Good Samaritan law, or you'll be sued for helping someone at an accident like this. Almost guaranteed.

    Posted by: anon | Sep 14, 2011 12:34:49 PM

  12. I think this is an amazing story and thought it was great the way people came together to rescue this guy but did anyone notice that right after they pull him from the car, they just leave him lying there next to the burning car??? and then they put out the fire while the smoke engulfs him before they actually get in there to treat him. I mean, no disrepect for what they did but they left him like a ragdoll just lying on the floor. at least move him away from the burning vehicle a bit more.

    Posted by: Matt | Sep 14, 2011 12:45:05 PM

  13. @MATT: Apparently, the police ordered them away from the cyclist once they'd pulled him out from under the car.

    @NODNARB: I too love the guy in suit. He just stands there, observing...never lifts a finger to help. I hope he feels like a jackass today.

    Posted by: peterparker | Sep 14, 2011 1:51:07 PM

  14. I love stories where strangers actually do the right thing. This clip is proof that people like that still do exist...except for the worthless fat ass in the suit who actually LEANS ON THE CAR! I too hope he feels like a jackass today.

    Posted by: RDUB | Sep 15, 2011 12:41:12 AM

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