A chain reaction on Interstate 20 at the interchange with Interstate 35 tragically ended Wednesday night despite the valiant efforts of two paramedics. A Fort Worth fatal crash tragically took the life of a young woman and her unborn child. But this disaster could have been much worse.
Two MedStar paramedics, Miguel Brito and Ryan Bader, saw her car on fire as they were driving by in their ambulance. They were able to use their fire extinguishers to put out the flames, break the glass, and rescue two people trapped inside who had had lost consciousness. One man was even wedged under the dashboard. Gas was spewing out of a ruptured tank. A passing motorist jumped out and helped grab one of the men out of the car.
The two victims were rushed to John Peter Smith Hospital in critical condition. The EMTs also rescued a third person who suffered minor injuries.
Kudos to these amazing paramedics and the motorist!
I’ve been practicing as a personal injury lawyer in Fort Worth for almost 40 years and this was one of the most heartbreaking but inspiring stories I’ve read in a long time.
My sincerest condolences go out to the family of Jade Gilliam. Please consider making a donation to the Gofundme account that has been set up. Best wishes for a recovery to the three people.