Indiana State Police officer drives woman's car to hospital after she and son get in accident
A 19-year old mother and her baby are safe after a scary accident, saved by an officer who literally went the extra mile to help.
CRAWFORD COUNTY, Ind. (WDRB) -- A 19-year old mother and her baby are safe after a scary accident, saved by an officer who literally went the extra mile to help.
Kaitlyn Williams was driving westbound on I-64 in Crawford County around 8:15 a.m. Tuesday during heavy rains. Her 11-month old son was in the backseat.
“My car started hydroplaning off of the interstate and spinning eight to ten times, and then we hit the embankment,” Williams said. “I didn’t know what happened, so I immediately called 911.”
Within minutes, Indiana State Police Sgt. George Wooten arrived at the scene and noticed Williams and her baby OK but visibly shaken.
“Anytime you are dealing with kids, you are always thinking the worst," Wooten said. "But after I found out he was OK, I was like ‘Well, OK, we’re going to get this fixed. This ain’t no problem."
Crawford County EMS and Leavenworth Fire Department arrived to assist Wooten.
Williams and her son were put in an ambulance as a precaution, but Wooten didn’t want to leave her damaged but still driveable car along the highway.
“I said, ‘If this is driveable, I said I would really like to save her a tow bill, '” said Wooten, who then drove Williams’ car 10 miles to Harrison County Hospital.
However, getting there was not easy. Williams’ car is a manual transmission, and Wooten had not driven one in more than a decade.
“It wasn’t easy, but I got the hang of it again,” he said.
Once at the hospital, Wooten stayed to make sure the young mom and her baby were OK, especially since they were more than an hour from their home in Seymour, Indiana.
“He definitely went above and beyond, because, like a I told everybody, he didn’t have to do that at all,” Williams said.
As for her injuries, Williams said she does have a little bit of back pain but will be fine. She hopes to get her car fixed in the next week.
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