Driver Crashes His Car To Save Another


Henry Temmermans was driving on the highway near Amsterdam when he noticed another car was driving on the grass. He looked over and could see that the car’s driver was unconscious. Without much concern for his own safety, Temmermans pulls ahead and positions himself so the out-of-control vehicle will run into the back of his car.

He successfully gets the car to run squarely into the back of his car and manages to get both vehicles to a stop. Another driver catches the whole incident on his dashcam and pulls up behind the cars just as they come to a stop. The other driver calls emergency services and he and Temmermans check on the unconscious driver. They can’t get the woman to wake up, but do confirm she has a pulse. Police and an ambulance arrive a few minutes later and take the woman to the hospital.

Temmermans’ car had to be towed after the incident and the other driver that stopped, who it turns out was an old acquaintance, drove him home. The next day, he got a call from the husband and daughter of the woman expressing their gratitude, but Temmermans doesn’t think what he did was that special. "People say they are proud of me, call me a hero. But I don't see myself that way,” he says. “You are obliged to help people in need. I did what I had to do. I visited her in Harderwijk on Sunday morning with my wife. Yes, she's broken ribs and it's painful, but she's so grateful that I did what I did, that she came out unscathed. It was almost self-evident for me, but I also understand that my action appeals to the imagination."


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