Woman saves man’s life after pulling him from crash
By Alex Cash, FOX23 News, 7 hours ago (Local News, SE Kansas)
BARTLESVILLE, Okla. — A woman who saved a man’s life after she pulled him from a fiery car crash in Bartlesville said she was only doing “what you’re supposed to do.”
The crash happened Sunday morning and police said what the woman did was heroic.
Amber Gastel said she didn’t think, she just sprung into action.
“That’s what you’re supposed to do …..I didn’t hesitate,” Gastel said.
Just before 11 a.m. on Sunday morning (09/11/2022), near Price Road and Highway 75, four vehicles crashed and two of them caught on fire.
Gastel was in her car with her two daughters, aged 7 and 17 when the crashed happen.
She said people were standing around shouting but not doing anything to help, so she stepped up.
Gastel said she saw said a man was slumped unconscious in the floorboard of a truck.
“He was on the floorboard and he was not awake at all, he was out of it completely out of it,” she said.
“I was thinking to myself, ‘fire goes fast’ and I was scared to death that it was going to come so fast,” Gastel continued.
Gastel said she pulled him away from the fire.
“I just remember thinking ‘it’s now or never,’ so I just grabbed him under his arms, and just kinda pulled him out of the car to get him away from the vehicle,” she said.
“I could literally feel the heat in this arm, this was the closest to the fire, but honestly I would do it again i mean it just had to be done,” Gastel continued.
She said she doesn’t know where she found the strength from.
“How did I do that? He’s a grown man, and I don’t know if it was just the adrenaline and knowing it had to be done, I mean somebody was on our side,” she said.
She said many people were just standing around, recording what was going on with their phones.
“It just felt like everything stopped for a minute, it was going slow motion,” she said. “I was thinking ‘why is everybody just standing here? Why are they doing that? Why are they not helping’?”
Two people were taken to hospital in Tulsa and three went to a hospital in Bartlesville.
Police said they’re still investigating what caused the crash but Corporal Brad Dunkle said what Gastel did was heroic.
“That’s a life saving action taken upon her, and that’s what we like to see, a serious accident like that, some people tend to freak out and that’s…that can be normal, but for somebody to take action like that, that’s a big applaud to her and we thank her,” said Dunkle.
Amber said she’s not a hero though.
“I just think I was at the right place at the right time that’s all, I just wish and hope that someday, if that ever happens to my family, someone would do the same for them,” she said.